Food for Agile Thought #249: Ruinous Scrum, Losing Out to SAFe, Sarah Cooper’s Product Discovery, Lying to Customers

TL; DR: Ruinous Scrum, Losing Out to SAFe — Food for Agile Thought #249

Welcome to the 249th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 26,763 peers. This week, we analyze the ruinous Scrum claim of some developers; we empathize with a failed attempt to avoid SAFe, and we learn about the success of an ambitious change project with Scrum.

We then delve into the journey of Sarah Cooper and her approach to product discovery as a comedian; we reassure our belief that lying to customers is unacceptable, and we analyze five critical success criteria of Design Thinking.

Lastly, we thank Bob Sutton for an interview on change and identifying pockets of excellence.

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Using Unhangout to Host a Virtual Barcamp or Open Space — Hands-on Agile #24

TL; DR: Results of a Test of Using Unhangout to Host Virtual Barcamps

Last week, 30-plus attendees of the 24th Hands-on Agile meetup ran a virtual Barcamp experiment w/ MIT’s Unhangout, an open-source platform for organizing attendee-driven virtual open space events.

Read on and learn whether Unhangout is a suitable solution to remote collaboration challenges.

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Food for Agile Thought #248: Large Scale Agility, Silos & Politics, Beyond Product-Market Fit, The Art of Innovation

TL; DR: Large Scale Agility, Silos & Politics — Food for Agile Thought #248

Welcome to the 248th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 26,751 peers. This week, we learn to assess agile coaches regarding their competence for large scale agility; we integrate chaos into the organization, and we have a look at 32 Jira competitors.

We then come back to product work beyond the product-market fit threshold; we learn how to use cohort analysis to forecast revenue, and we listen to the maestro of innovation: Is it an art form or a craft?

Lastly, we are grateful for Ryan Dawson and Laura Edwards shedding some light on an unpleasant topic: silos, local optimization, and politics.

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Agile Movers & Shakers (7): Ryan Ripley — Host of the Agile for Humans Podcast

TL; DR: The Agile Movers & Shakers Interview w/ Ryan Ripley

Today’s guest is Ryan Ripley. Ryan is a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with Scrum.org. He hosts the Agile for Humans podcast and most recently co-wrote Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions for Common Scrum Problems with Todd Miller for PragProg.

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Food for Agile Thought #247: Agile 101, Inspecting and Adapting Agility, Influence w/o Authority, Prototype vs. MVP

TL; DR: Agile 101, Inspecting and Adapting Agility — Food for Agile Thought #247

Welcome to the 247th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 26,724 peers. This week, we unearth a great introductory video for stakeholders, the Agile 101. In the light of the pandemic, we inspect and adapt the principles of agile management, and we learn about the importance of no longer giving in to a need: tell people what to do or hand them solutions.

We also think about how to influence others without having any real authority, a handy trick for every product mensch. We try to understand why some people can regularly create product success and follow the difference between an MVP and a prototype.

Lastly, we thank Hugo Bowne-Anderson for pointing at something not immediately obvious: an adverse outcome doesn’t mean a wrong decision.

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Free Ebook: 38+9 Scrum Master Interview Questions to Avoid Hiring Agile Imposters

Scrum Master Interview: Demand Creates Supply and the Job Market for Agile Practitioners is No Exception

Scrum has proven time and again to be the most popular framework for software development. Given that software is eating the world, a seasoned Scrum Master is nowadays in high demand. And that demand causes the market-entry of new professionals from other project management branches, probably believing that reading one or two Scrum books will be sufficient. Which makes any Scrum Master interview a challenging task.

If you are looking to fill a position for a Scrum Master (or agile coach) in your organization, you may find the following 38+9 interview questions useful to identify the right candidate. They are derived from my thirteen years of practical experience with XP as well as Scrum, serving both as product owner and Scrum Master as well as interviewing dozens of Scrum Master candidates on behalf of my clients.

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