Food for Agile Thought #329: #NoCoaching, Opportunity Assessment

TL; DR: #NoCoaching — Food for Agile Thought #329

Welcome to the 329th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 34,503 peers. This week, we address #NoCoaching, pointing at situations and probable consequences when your work as a coach is rejected. We also elaborate on the benefits of having a capable Scrum Master at your side and what you can do as a product mensch if there is none, and we point out critical knowledge to become agile: maximizing the amount of work not done is essential.

We then provide a pragmatic, hands-on approach to deciding which ideas are worth further attention, and we delve into the effects of rushing to work before clarifying your team’s vision and mission. Moreover, we share Tendayi Viki’s take on how to move from being a corporate pirate — restrained by red tape — to a valued explorer, appreciated by the organization.

Lastly, we point at numbers for healthy (vs. deathly) churn for B2C and B2B companies serving various markets. Also, we explain why the habit of under-promising and over-delivering regarding OKRs is an anti-pattern, not a qualification, and we share an epic guide on how to ace remote work and why improving your writing skills is essential.

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: #NoCoaching

Viktor Cessan: Coaching teams that do not want to be coached

Viktor Cessan introduces situations and probable consequences when your work as a coach is rejected.

Source: Coaching teams that do not want to be coached

Author: Viktor Cessan

➿ Agile & Scrum

Roman Pichler: Why Product Owners Need Effective Scrum Masters

Roman Pichler elaborates on the benefits of having a capable Scrum Master at your side and what you can do as a product mensch if there is none.

Source: Why Product Owners Need Effective Scrum Masters

Author: Roman Pichler

Al Tenhundfeld (via Simple Thread): Agile Principles: Simplicity is 1,000 Nos for Every Yes

Al Tenhundfeld points out a critical knowledge to become agile: maximizing the amount of work not done is essential.

Source: Simple Thread: Agile Principles: Simplicity is 1,000 Nos for Every Yes

Author: Al Tenhundfeld

Mike Cohn: Helpful Questions to Nudge Teams Toward Good Decisions

Mike Cohn shares his top five questions to help a team make good decisions, starting with ‘What Would Happen if We Did Not Do This?’

Source: Helpful Questions to Nudge Teams Toward Good Decisions

Author: Mike Cohn

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Petra Wille — loomista: Opportunity Assessment: Do We Want to Invest in Discovering This Idea?

Petra Wille provides a pragmatic, hands-on approach to deciding which ideas are worth further attention.

Source: Opportunity Assessment: Do We Want to Invest in Discovering This Idea?

Author: Petra Wille

John Cutler: Inputs First. Bets Next

John Cutler delves into the effects of rushing to work before clarifying your team’s vision and mission.

Source: Inputs First. Bets Next

Author: John Cutler

Tendayi Viki (via Medium): Can Innovation Thrive Under The Radar In Your Company?

Tendayi Viki shares his take on how to move from being a corporate pirate — restrained by red tape — to a valued explorer, appreciated by the organization.

Source: Medium: Can Innovation Thrive Under The Radar In Your Company?

Author: Tendayi Viki

📈 SAFe ®’s NPS ® Score as a Scaling Framework Is -56 According to 505 Survey Participants

SAFe® has always been a controversial topic within the agile community. Therefore, back in 2017, I ran a first survey on the Net Promoter Score® of the Scaled Agile Framework SAFe®. The result back then was -52. Four and a half years later, I reran the poll: SAFe® has been through several iterations, and many more agile practitioners have experienced working with it. However, the question still is: Would you recommend SAFe ®?

Executive Summary: SAFe®’s NPS® score based on the 2022 sample equals -56. (For details, see the data below.)

Learn more: SAFe ®’s NPS ® Score as a Scaling Framework Is -56 According to 505 Survey Participants.

🛠 Tools & Measuring

Lenny Rachitsky: What Is Good Monthly Churn

Lenny Rachitsky points at numbers for healthy (vs. deathly) churn for B2C and B2B companies serving various markets.

Source: What Is Good Monthly Churn

Author: Lenny Rachitsky

Jeff Gothelf: OKR Anti-pattern: Sandbagging your key results

Jeff Gothelf explains why the habit of under-promising and over-delivering regarding OKRs is an anti-pattern, not a qualification.

Source: OKR Anti-pattern: Sandbagging your key results

Author: Jeff Gothelf

✂️ Cutting Room Floor

Dominic Monn (via Get Lighthouse): How to Work Remotely Like a Pro: Advice from a Veteran

Dominic Monn provides an epic guide on how to ace remote work and why improving your writing skills is essential.

Source: Get Lighthouse: How to Work Remotely Like a Pro: Advice from a Veteran

Author: Dominic Monn

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Stefan Wolpers

Stefan Wolpers

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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.