Food for Agile Thought #274
TL; DR: Scrum History, State of PM 2021 Report — Food for Agile Thought #274
Welcome to the 274th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 29,681 peers. This week, we delve into Scrum history, and we enjoy an interview with Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber on the changes of the Scrum Guide 2020 and what motivated them. Also, we dissect the dilemma surrounding the estimation process.
We then enjoy the results of two product management related surveys; we discuss user stories, tasks, and features in disguise to release more value sooner, and we learn from Martin Eriksson’s decision stack.
Lastly, we welcome John Cutler’s comprehensive checklist to support decision-making at a high-quality level, maintaining the decision flow. Speaking of decision-making, you may be interested in the ‘Six Thinking Hats’ tool as well. (That’s right, there is a tool section now.)
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Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber (via InfoQ): Changes in the 2020 Scrum Guide
In this interview, Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber delve into the changes of the Scrum Guide 2020 and what motivated them.
➰ Agile & Scrum History
📖 Gunther Verheyen: Scrum: A Brief History of a Long-Lived Hype
In this paper, Gunther Verheyen describes what changed to the definition and representation of Scrum over time.
Author: Gunther Verheyen
Cam Hashemi: Accurate Estimations
Cam Hashemi dissects the dilemma surrounding the estimation process.
Source: Accurate Estimations
Author: Cam Hashemi
📖 John Cutler: Checklist for High Decision Quality / Decision Flow
John Cutler created a comprehensive checklist to support decision-making at a high-quality level, maintaining the decision flow.
Author: John Cutler
Ken Rubin: 2020 Scrum Guide Definition of “Increment” Inadequately Addresses Knowledge-Acquisition Work
Ken Rubin believes that the new name for the ‘potentially releasable Product Increment’ and its formal definition in the Scrum Guide 2020 does not fully address the breadth of work types.
Author: Ken Rubin
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📖 (via ProductPlan): The State of Product Management Report in 2021
ProductPlan published the ‘2021 State of Product Management Report’ based on a survey of more than 2,200 product management professionals.
Lenny Rachitsky: A comprehensive survey of Product Management
What skills do companies look for in a PM? In this second product management survey, Lenny Rachitsky shares the findings from 1,000 responses from over 600 companies.
Author: Lenny Rachitsky
📺 Antony Marcano (via InfoQ): User Stories: Re-Explained — You Think You Know until You Realise You Don’t
Antony Marcano discusses using User Stories, tasks, and features in disguise to release more value sooner, with more flexibility, and without dependencies.
Author: Antony Marcano
📺 Martin Eriksson (via Mind The Product): The Product Decision Stack
Martin Eriksson shares the decision stack from a vision to principles that served him well in the past.
Author: Martin Eriksson
(via TastyCupcakes.org): Piggy Bank Scrum Simulation in Remote
In this game, Paul Stonehouse uses the Coin game’s foundations, adds a twist with coins of different values, and the Scrum framework for actions.
Adam Amran: Six Thinking Hats: Look at a decision from different perspectives
Edward de Bono created a decision-making tool that analyzes situations through different lenses, thus preventing you from overlooking essential aspects.
Author: Adam Amran
📯 Scrum 2021: Getting You Started as Scrum Master or Product Owner
As 2020 comes to an end, you are probably considering how to further your career as a Scrum Master or Product Owner in 2021.
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Food for Agile Thought #274: Scrum History & SG 2020 Changes, High Decision Quality Checklist, Six Thinking Hats, State of PM 2021 Report was first published on Age-of-Product.com.