Food for Agile Thought #129: Mental Models, Resilience, Roadmap Questions, Combining Kanban and XP

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #129—shared with 14,709 peers—covers mental models relevant to your agile journey and shares the download link to an excellent book on team-centric agile software development. (Yub, it is free of charge.)

We then dive into organizational resilience through business agility, what your stakeholders want to know regarding your product roadmap, and why loving your customers’ problems will make your life so much easier.

Lastly, Intercom’s VP of Product created an overview what product people with an agile mindset can expect from the organization. (And the good folks at Intercom are checking a lot of the right boxes!)

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Food for Agile Thought #128: Disrupting Companies, Scrum@Scale Guide, Information Radiators

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #128—shared with 14,506 peers—covers disrupting companies—seven habits that make any organization highly vulnerable—, Jeff Sutherland’s new framework to scale scrum, and the movements that inspire the future of work.

We then dive into the advantages of autonomous product teams and learn that a bug-free product is not necessarily a sign of a quality mindset.

Lastly, if your stakeholders believe your team is a black box, why not build an information radiator? C. Kyle Jacobsen can help you with that.

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Food for Agile Thought #127: Useless Agile Metrics, CD Works, Product Experiments, Fewer Product Managers

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #127—shared with 14,292 peers—covers useless agile metric; we learn common excuses why continuous delivery would not work, and how to organize a big room planning.

We then talk about signs of a toxic team culture, how design thinking, agile and lean fit together, and what to do when a team fails to deliver at the end of a sprint.

Lastly, we learn why experiments do not just happen to the best organizations but perhaps create them, and what product thinking has to do with it.

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Food for Agile Thought #126: Agile Engineering, Swarming, Experimentation Culture, Metrics Fetish

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #126—shared with 14,145 peers—covers the state of agile engineering in 2018, why creating and nurturing a groundswell of enthusiasm is essential for an agile transition, and what organizations need to focus on in search of (agile) excellence.

We then learn how any product-oriented organization can create a culture of experimentation and why the velocity of experimentation is probably not a vanity metric. Apropos metrics: there is a new list with anti-patterns available.

Lastly, McKinsey seems to get serious about ‘agile.’ Check out the trademarks McKinsey identified in all agile organizations and let me know your opinion in the comments.

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Food for Agile Thought #125: Remote Work, Coach Archetypes, Measuring Agility, First PM Principles

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #125—shared with 14,043 peers—addresses the dark side of remote work, what scrum masters do not do, and why the whining about too many scrum meetings is baseless.

We then learn how to apply first principles to product management, and why knowing what not to build is essential today.

Lastly, we have a brief look at a new open source initiative: the agility assessment framework—its working title for the moment.

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Age of Product: Food for Agile Thought #125: Remote Work, Coach Archetypes, Measuring Agility, First PM Principles

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Food for Agile Thought #124: Low Engagement, Get Hired as a Scrum Master, Building Trust

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #124—shared with 13,873 peers—addresses some symptoms of troubled agile transitions: low levels of engagement, difficulties in learning presumably simple patterns, optimizing for the own team while ignoring the organization.

We then learn what it takes to build trust, how to discover ‘your product’ without falling into the stage-gate process trap, and what product strategy concepts are currently en vogue.

Lastly, if you want to take your career as a scrum master or agile coach to the next level consider downloading my ‘How to Get Hired as a Scrum Master’ book—it is free on Amazon for five days.

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