Food for Agile Thought #143: Ignorant Management, The Better Scrum Master, Building the Right Thing

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #143—shared with 17,473 peers—covers the pain of scrum teams working for ignorant management and improves our problem-solving capacity thanks to mental models from the circle of competence to Hanlon’s razor.

We applaud Mike Cohn for sharing ten practices, a scrum master should take to heart, and we learn how to create an agile community of practice and why that is a critical success factor. Also, we embrace the idea of guerilla user testing and building an information radiator for your team.

Lastly, we enjoy Des Traynor’s talk about figuring out what is worth building and taking it from there with style.

Have a great week!

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Webinar #6: Product Owner Anti-Patterns

TL;DR: Webinar Product Owner Anti-Patterns — June 19th, 2018

The sixth Hands-on Agile webinar product owner anti-patterns addresses 12 ways to improve a product owner’s skill set. Learn also when you — as the scrum master or scrum team — should reach out to your product owner and offer support.

Hands-on Agile Webinar Product Owner Anti-Patterns — June 19th, 2018

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Food for Agile Thought #142: Corporate Innovation Failure, Flow Metrics, Bad Behavior, Design Thinking, JTBD Canvas

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #142—shared with 17,322 peers—covers corporate innovation failure patterns, dives into flow metrics for Scrum, and asks: does more planning make the team more successful?

We also shed light on systemic issues that may trigger bad behavior in people and try to understand better whether design thinking is indeed “BS.” (Some do not think so, a Danish toy manufacturer, for example, check their case study on running design thinking at scale.)

Lastly, we like to invite you to participate in the Scrum Master Trends Survey 2018 — a joined-venture of Scrum.org and Age of Product.

Have a great week!

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How to Create an Agile Community of Practice

TL;DR: Creating an Agile Community of Practice

Creating an agile community of practice helps winning hearts and minds within the organization as it provides authenticity to the agile transition — signaling that the effort is not merely another management fad. Read more to learn how to get your agile community going even without a dedicated budget.

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Food for Agile Thought #141: Agile & Taylorism, Outcome Debate, NIH Syndrome, Team Self-Selection

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #141—shared with 17,129 peers—analyzes why ‘agile’ is the most important social technology since Taylorism. Although, the proxy discussion of ‘outcome vs. output’ raging in many organizations signals that organizational debt is still a wide-spread issue.

We also cover the latest opportunities that innovative technology provides—unless your organization suffers from the not-invented-here syndrome, of course. (We also feature a list of 50 epic corporate innovation failures.)

Lastly, we get into the trenches and ask: why should teams not select themselves?

Have a great week!

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Webinar #3: Product Backlog Anti-Patterns

TL;DR: Webinar Product Backlog Anti-Patterns

The third Hands-on Agile webinar product backlog anti-patterns covers common problems from out-dated and oversized tickets to the part-time proxy product owner and his or her idea repository. Learn more about the numerous product backlog anti-patterns that can manifest themselves when you try to create value for your customers and your organization.

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