Food for Agile Thought #445: Sprint Review Guide, Data-driven Product Decisions, Healthy Failure Culture, 11 Razors

Stefan Wolpers
Food for Agile Thought
10 min readMay 31, 2024

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TL; DR: The Sprint Review Guide — Food for Agile Thought #445

Welcome to the 445th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 42,591 peers. This week, Maarten Dalmijn critiques Sprint Reviews as dull and ineffective, advocating for revitalized Scrum events with the Sprint Review guide. John Cutler discusses the complexities of systems thinking and its challenges in professional contexts, while Melissa Perri and Amy Edmondson emphasize the necessity of a healthy failure culture for innovation, focusing on intelligent failure and psychological safety. David Rock identifies leaders as crucial ‘change architects,’ highlighting skills like cognitive capacity and coherence for effective cultural transformation. Also, Alain Goudsmet and Ludo Van der Heyden use David Breashears’ Everest climb to exemplify essential team dynamics for peak performance, and we ask: Can a Product Owner be a Scrum Master at the same time?

Then, Andrew Chen outlines the dilemmas in data-driven decision-making, noting the often necessary reliance on intuition over data. Aatir Abdul Rauf emphasizes the importance of tailored go-to-market strategies for enhancing feature adoption and retention, and Jason Cohen discusses the need for translating between customer desires, product features, and business goals to improve business collaboration. Moreover, David Pereira and…

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Stefan Wolpers
Food for Agile Thought

I have worked for 18-plus years as a Scrum Master, Product Owner, and agile coach. Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with Scrum.org.