Food for Agile Thought #154

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #154 focuses on agile’s many faces, be it the progress of business agility, mob programming, or descaling the organization to ‘scale agile.’

We also have a look at Scrum.org’s brand-new advanced scrum master class, and share a reading tip — Jez Humble’s recent book on building and scaling high-performance technology organizations is eye-opening.

Lastly, we applaud Peter Casinelli who advocates that developers should conduct user tests, we learn six principles of modern product discovery, and we take to heart that no one is immune to cognitive bias.

Have a great week!

🏆 The Essential Read

(via Agility Health Radar): BAI Business Agility Report 2018

Agility Health Radar published the free BAI Business Agility Report 2018.

The survey found that most organizations rate their current business agility fluency relatively low, but have enthusiasm and hope for the future.

Source:Agility Health Radar: BAI Business Agility Report 2018

Agile’s Many Faces

Barry Overeem (via Scrum.org): The Making Of The Brand-New Professional Scrum Master II class

Barry Overeem looks back the creation process of Scrum.org’s new PSM II class — dog-foodism at work.

Source: Scrum.org: The Making Of The Brand-New Professional Scrum Master II class

Author: Barry Overeem

Jacqueline Emigh (via SD Times): The many faces of Agile

Jacqueline Emigh describes four emerging agile trends, from mob programming to XSCALE Alliance’s ‘descaling the organization.’

Source: SD Times: The many faces of Agile

Author: Jacqueline Emigh

John Cutler (via Hackernoon): The Manager and the Change Agent

The Manager and the Change Agent
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John Cutler urges change agents to be crystal clear about what they stand for to make the management understand their needs.

Source: Medium: The Manager and the Change Agent

Author: John Cutler

📯 Accelerate: Building and Scaling High-Performing Technology Organizations [Review]

Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble, and Gene Kim latest book Accelerate: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations describes the factors that drive high-performing tech organizations, derived from the data that has been aggregated with the State of DevOps Report since 2014.

Read more: Accelerate: Building and Scaling High-Performing Technology Organizations [Review].

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Product & Lean

Teresa Torres (via Product Talk): 6 Guiding Principles for Effective Product Discovery

Teresa Torres distilled her product discovery process down to six fundamental principles.

Source: Product Talk: 6 Guiding Principles for Effective Product Discovery

Author: Teresa Torres

Peter Casinelli (via Appcues): Why Every Engineer Should User Test

Peter Casinelli advocates ingraining empathy into almost every decision the product and engineering team makes.

Source: Appcues: Why Every Engineer Should User Test

Author: Peter Casinelli

Cindy Alvarez (via Mind The Product): Cognitive Biases & The Questions you Shouldn’t be Asking

Cindy Alvarez reminds us in this video that no one is immune to cognitive biases.

Source: Mind The Product: Cognitive Biases & The Questions you Shouldn’t be Asking

Author: Cindy Alvarez

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I have worked for 16-plus years as anScrum Master, Product Owner, and agile coach. Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with Scrum.org.

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