TL; DR: Agile’s State 2020, Tech Radar 2020 — Food for Agile Thought #244
Welcome to the 244th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 26,621 peers. This week, we learn more about Agile’s State 2020; we explore the latest technology trends and dig into the performance and happiness surveys of remote workers.
We also compare three frameworks for strategic alignment; we consider a suggestion on how to design a product organization and come back to product requirements.
Lastly, we applaud Cal Newport for suggesting how to fix the numerous issues of remote work for newly distributed organizations.
TL; DR: Agile Training Wheels, Adoption & Maturity—Food for Agile Thought #243
Welcome to the 243rd edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 26,567 peers. This week, we make the case to get the agile training wheels off; we deal with an example of widespread confusion among experienced agilists, and we approve of a comprehensive list of remote team building activities.
We also delve into the nasty evolution of tricky user interfaces; we come back to envisioning the (product) future, resulting probably in feature factories, and we deal with the need for delegation.
Lastly, we get to the bottom of Zoom fatigue and how we can compensate for the effect.
TL; DR: Creative Adaptability, Applied NoEstimates—Food for Agile Thought #242
Welcome to the 242nd edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 26,503 peers. This week, we thank Keith and Fisher for insight into how Liberating Structures foster creative adaptability; we apply NoEstimates techniques and philosophy in real life, and we understand critical issues of distributed team building.
We also applaud a new product discovery guide; we learn how OKRs propelled Gmail massive success, and we tackle remote design’s most significant issues.
Lastly, we learn how to remove organizational silos following a new mental model.
TL; DR: Scrum’s Essence, the New New Scrum Master—Food for Agile Thought #241
Welcome to the 241st edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 26,408 peers. This week, we brush up our understanding of Scrum’s essence; we indulge ourselves in collective wisdom regarding Scrum’s first principles, and we embrace a state that nowadays is more important than ever—trust, leading to psychological safety.
We also analyze Product Owner roles—there are six of them—; we enjoy an inside view at Amazon’s culture, and we reflect about roadmaps, design problems, and testing assumptions within the Jobs-to-be-done framework.
Lastly, we come back to the Scrum Master role and learn how working with distributed teams requires to rethink it.
TL; DR: Accurate Estimates, Remote Productivity—Food for Agile Thought #240
Welcome to the 240th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 26,317 peers. This week, we revisit the fallacy of accurate estimates; we delve into a study revealing massive increases in the cycle and release time metrics of development teams since going remote, and we enjoy a view at a different world of agile testing and quality.
We also learn about product management by nagging; we tackle feature request handling, and we analyze the essence of a decent Sprint Goal.
Lastly, we check the latest recommendations of the Dark Side of Agile; this time, they can ensure the productivity of your now remote workers. (Won’t we all want to be that confident?)
TL; DR: Spotify Model Fallacy, Remote Discovery—Food for Agile Thought #239
Welcome to the 239th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 26,242 peers. This week, we point again at the Spotify Model fallacy; we understand the importance of empowered engineers to break out of the feature factory paradigm, and we put the org chart into the spotlight, the gateway to realizing change.
We also learn how to continue our product discovery efforts in today’s world of virtual communication; we look at the roots of innovation, and we are relieved that design sprints are open again for business—with a remote working guide from the maestro himself.
Lastly, we embrace an epic list of remote working resources, courtesy of InfoQ.
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