Food for Agile Thought #127

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #127 covers useless agile metrics, 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.

Have a great week!

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🏆 The Tip of the Week

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Allen Holub explains why a taylorist approach to agile practices is ill-fated.

Focus on continuous process improvement, and productivity takes care of itself.

Source: KPIs, Velocity, and Other Destructive Metrics

Author: Allen Holub

Useless Agile Metrics & Scrum

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Watch Jez Humble’s keynote from Agile Testing Day 2017 — a handy list of excuses why CD supposedly would not work.

Source: Agile Testing Days: Continuous Delivery — Sounds Great But It Won’t Work Here

Author: Jez Humble

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Ole Jepsen shares a comprehensive how-to of successfully scaling agile: aligning up to 100 people and figuring out what to build next in just two days.

Source: InfoQ: Scaling Agile — Big Room Planning

Author: Ole Jepsen

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Johanna Rothman has three suggestions how to improve a team’s ability to accomplish the sprint goal.

Source: When Teams Don’t Finish Work in a Sprint: 3 Tips to Seeing and Finishing Work

Author: Johanna Rothman

📯 XSCALE Alliance News

The Business Agility Institute (BAI) and XSCALE Alliance are teaming up. While the BAI provides the most comprehensive and detailed taxonomy of agile organizations today, XSCALE’s principles and pattern languages offer an agnostic praxis to fulfill the BAI taxonomy.​

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Read More: XSCALE Alliance has agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding with Business Agility Institute.

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Product & Lean

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Jonny Schneider fights cargo cult agile by detailing how the three mindsets of product development can be used successfully beyond formalized processes.

Source: ThoughtWorks: Understanding how Design Thinking, Lean and Agile Work Together

Author: Jonny Schneider

We Experiment On Human Beings!
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Christian Rudder reveals a shocking truth: OkCupid doesn’t know what it’s doing. Moreover, probably you do not know either.

Source: The OkCupid Blog: We Experiment On Human Beings!

Author: Christian Rudder

We Need Fewer Product Managers
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John Cutler makes a compelling case that we need more product thinking and less product managing.

Source: Hackernoon: We Need Fewer Product Managers

Author: John Cutler

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Food for Agile Thought #127: Useless Agile Metrics, CD Works, Product Experiments, Fewer Product Managers was first published on Age-of-Product.

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I have worked for 14-plus years as an Scrum Master, Product Owner, and agile coach. Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with Scrum.org.

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