Food for Agile Thought #275

TL; DR: Bureaucratic Blunderland, Saying No — Food for Agile Thought #275

Welcome to the 275th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 29,852 peers. This week, we delve into the sheer variety of folly at play in any bureaucratic blunderland; we analyze different kinds of technical debt and how to best measure it, and we embrace a simple process to apply swarming as a team practice to solve critical challenges.

We then learn five practical tips to say no without offending senior or assertive stakeholders, and we enter a quest for magic metrics by ‘counting things that happened that you care about.’ We also check general product manager salary data based on January 2021.

Lastly, we examine a formula and a process that may allow us to figure out why things are less agile than hoped.

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🏆 The Tip of the Week

Charles Lambdin: Bureaucratic Blunderland

Charles Lambdin delves into the sheer variety of folly at play in any bureaucratic ‘wonderland of blunders.’

Source: Bureaucratic Blunderland

Author: Charles Lambdin

➰ Agile & Scrum History

Gojko Adzic: The Play, the points, and the biggest lie in software

Gojko Adzic reflects on how to start moving away from reporting on effort metrics by changing the language.

Source: The Play, the points, and the biggest lie in software

Author: Gojko Adzic

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Source: 📺 How To Find Your Team’s Motivation with Todd Henry

Authors: David Burkus and Todd Henry

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🎯 Product

Roman Pichler: 5 Tips for Saying No to Stakeholders

Roman Pichler offers five practical tips to say no in the right way — without offending senior or assertive stakeholders.

Source: 5 Tips for Saying No to Stakeholders

Author: Roman Pichler

John Cutler: Start by Counting Things

John Cutler dives into the quest for magic metrics by ‘counting things that happened that you care about.’

Source: Start by Counting Things

Author: John Cutler

(via 280 Group): Product Manager Salary [2021 Data]

In this article, the 280 Group details general Product Manager salary data based on salary information in January 2021.

Source: 280 Group: Product Manager Salary [2021 Data]

🛠 Tools & Measuring

Andre Schweighofer: How to measure technical debt

Andre Schweighofer analyzes different kinds of technical debt and how to best measure it.

Source: How to measure technical debt

Author: Andre Schweighofer

Tim Ottinger (via Industrial Logic): Swarm Programming with the Swarm Board

Tim Ottinger describes a simple process to apply swarming as a team practice to solve critical challenges successfully.

Source: Industrial Logic: Swarm Programming with the Swarm Board

Author: Tim Ottinger

Brad Dunn (via Product Coalition): RAGE. A simple way for product managers to answer the question ‘Why does everything take so long?’

Brad Dunn created a formula and a process that may allow us to figure out why things are less agile than hoped.

Source: Product Coalition: RAGE. A simple way for product managers to answer the question ‘Why does everything take so long?’

Author: Brad Dunn

📯 Scrum Commitments: Tying Loose Ends and Shoehorning the Definition of Done

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