Food for Agile Thought #218

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #218 delves into alignment and autonomy at an organizational level; we shed more light on something we all believe in understanding well — the waterfall process — , and we explore the necessary mindset to become a good coach.

We also learn more about an extension to the Lean UX canvas, handling the prioritization of hypotheses; we discover techniques to take agile UX research to the next level, and we applaud a new 2020 Product conference listing.

Lastly, we enjoy a BBC article on the man who brought you timeboxes. Well, sort of.

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #217?

🏆 The Essential Post

Manuel Küblböck (via Medium): How we align our goals

Alignment: Manuel Küblböck analyzes how to become aligned as an organization yet still preserve autonomy.

Source: Medium: How we align our goals

Author: Manuel Küblböck

Agile Alignment & Scrum

Martin Fowler: WaterfallProcess

Martin Fowler delves into ‘waterfall,’ starting with the Royce paper, and notes that its meaning would be ill-defined and its origin obscure.

Source: WaterfallProcess

Author: Martin Fowler

(via BBC News): The ‘law’ that explains why you can’t get anything done

Tiffanie Wen reflects on Cyril Northcote Parkinson’s essay from 1955 and what it has to do with deadlines, organizational debt, bureaucracy, and time-boxing.

“It is a commonplace observation that work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”

Source: BBC News: The ‘law’ that explains why you can’t get anything done

Chris Jones (via svpg): The Coaching Mindset

Chris Jones looks at the necessary mindset of a coach to become a servant leader that has an impact.

Source: svpg: The Coaching Mindset

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Product & Lean

Jeff Gothelf: The Hypothesis Prioritization Canvas

Jeff Gothelf extents the Lean UX canvas to help facilitate a conversation with your team and stakeholders to determine which hypotheses will get your attention.

Source: The Hypothesis Prioritization Canvas

Author: Jeff Gothelf

(via ThoughtWorks): Six tactics to maximize UX research in agile

Kuppy Tanaporn Benjapolakul shares her take on how to integrate user experience (UX) research in an agile work environment.

Source: ThoughtWorks: Six tactics to maximize UX research in agile

Teresa Torres: 2020 Product Conferences

Teresa Torres started aggregating her 2020 Product Conferences directory.

Source: 2020 Product Conferences

Author: Teresa Torres

📯 15 Sprint Review Anti-Patterns Holding Back Scrum Teams

Are we still on the right track? Answering this question in a collaborative effort of the Scrum Team as well as internal (and external) stakeholders is the purpose of the Sprint Review. Given its importance, it is worthwhile to tackle the most common Sprint Review anti-patterns.

Read more: 15 Sprint Review Anti-Patterns Holding Back Scrum Teams.

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