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.

Have a great week!

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How to Measure Agility of Organizations and Teams—The Results of the Agile Maturity Survey

TL;DR: How to Measure Agility of Organizations and Teams

Is every organization suited to become ‘agile?’ If so: How to measure agility? And if not: Wouldn’t it be great figuring that out before embarking on a futile and expensive journey?

Back in October and November 2017, I ran a survey to identify contributing factors to an organization’s or a team’s agile maturity. In total, 86 people participated. Based on their answers, I aggregated a preliminary taxonomy of agility related factors.

This taxonomy was first presented on the Hands-on Agile Berlin meetup on November 30th, 2017.

On February 3rd, 2018, 20-plus people will join a hackathon to build an agility assessment framework based on this taxonomy. The goal of the workshop is to provide the first version of a tool that empowers agile practitioners to measure agility, be it an organization’s suitability for agile practices or a team’s progress on its path to becoming agile.

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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.

Have a great week!

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Scrum Master Career: How to Get Hired as a Scrum Master

TL;DR: Scrum Master Career: How to Get Hired as a Scrum Master

Scrum Master Career: How to Get Hired as a Scrum Master: From Job Ads to Your Trial Day — Learn How to Pick the Right Employer or Client details how Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches can systematically identify suitable employers or clients to avoid mismatches and disappointments at a later stage. If you are planning a career move into the Scrum Master profession, don’t miss out on these tips.

Scrum Master Career: How to Get Hired as a Scrum Master by Age-of-Product

Scrum Master Career: How to Get Hired as a Scrum Master is currently available as a Kindle ebook. Shortly, the paperback version will be available, too.

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Food for Agile Thought #123: Scrum 2018, Bulletproof Product Strategy, Hypotheses Testing System

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #123—shared with 13,624 peers—addresses Scrum 2018: Scrum Alliance’s latest survey is available, John Cutler’s opinion piece on today’s state of ‘Scrum,’ indications of lipstick agile to watch out for, and ten prevailing scrum myths.

We then focus on how to figure out what is worth building: from creating a bulletproof product strategy to developing an experimentation system and why you need to be careful when using the Net Promoter Score®¸

Lastly, we learn more about the organizational patterns of progressive companies. Have a successful 2018!

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Lipstick Agile — 13 Signs You Probably Need a New Job

TL; DR: Lipstick Agile — Happiness in the Trenches?

Have you noticed how many people in the agile field are unhappy with their work situation — caught in a lipstick agile situation where an organization already struggles doing agile? (Not to mention ‘becoming agile.’)

Scrum masters, and agile coaches who are close to either burnout or indifference. Product owners who “own” the product by name only, and developers who are questioning why Scrum a) skips all the practices that make XP work, and b) often turns out to be just another form of micromanagement.

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