Food for Agile Thought #276

TL; DR: Agile at Tesla, Roadmap Bankruptcy — Food for Agile Thought #276

Welcome to the 276th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 30,023 peers. This week, we delve into Agile at Tesla; we learn how Retrospectives work in the most unlikely places, and we embrace a new approach of risk-mitigating by utilizing the Product Backlog.

We then analyze what product managers can do to deliver more value with existing processes; we detail three cases that indicate that your product roadmap is not up to the job but in desperate need of a restart, and we point at three common mistakes when calculating customer lifetime value.

Lastly, we explore a simple visualization tool to help teams turn learnings into a better way of working day after day.

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🏆 The Tip of the Week

📺 Joe Justice (via The Agile Wire): Agile at Tesla

In this video, Joe Justice provides a rare insight into Tesla’s agile work principles.

Source: The Agile Wire: 📺 Agile at Tesla with Joe Justice

Author: Joe Justice

➿ Agile & Scrum

Konstantin Razumovsky (via Scrum.org): Facilitating Retrospective in the Prison

Konstantin Razumovsky describes an extraordinary Retrospective inside a Belorussian prison with fellow demonstrators who peacefully protested the Lukashenko regime’s politics.

Source: Scrum.org: Facilitating Retrospective in the Prison

Author: Konstantin Razumovsky

Mike Griffiths: Creating a Risk-Adjusted Backlog

Mike Griffiths shares his approach of risk-mitigating by utilizing the Product Backlog.

Source: Creating a Risk-Adjusted Backlog

Author: Mike Griffiths

Dave Farley: Is SAFe safe?

Dave Farley details why he believes that SAFe® is no well-suited to further changes in large organizations as it is misguided.

Source: Is SAFe safe?

Author: Dave Farley

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🎯 Product

Rich Mironov: How Product Can (and Can’t) Speed Up Development

Rich Mironov delves into what product managers can do to deliver more value with existing processes. Also, he addresses what product managers shall restrain from doing to wring more code out of the engineers.

Source: How Product Can (and Can’t) Speed Up Development

Author: Rich Mironov

(via ProductPlan): Declaring Roadmap Bankruptcy: When should you do it?

Annie Dunham details three cases that indicate that your product roadmap is not up to the job but in desperate need of a restart.

Source: ProductPlan: Declaring Roadmap Bankruptcy: When should you do it?

andrea saez (via ProdPad): Should Product Managers Say No?

Andrea Saez addresses one of the classic questions of a product manager’s life: how to deal with stakeholder demands?

Source: ProdPad: Should Product Managers Say No?

Author: andrea saez

🛠 Tools & Measuring

(via Industrial Logic): The Continuous Improvement Canvas

Willem Larsen shares a simple visualization tool to help teams turn learnings into a better way of working day after day.

Source: Industrial Logic: The Continuous Improvement Canvas

Oleg Yakubenkov: The do’s and don’ts of LTV calculation

Oleg Yakubenkov points at three common mistakes when calculating customer lifetime value and explains how to avoid them.

Source: The do’s and don’ts of LTV calculation

Author: Oleg Yakubenkov

📯 22 Scrum Master Anti-Patterns from Job Ads: From Funny to What the Heck?

Job ads for Scrum Master positions reveal great insight into an organization’s progress on becoming agile. I analyzed more than 50 job ads for Scrum Master positions to gain these. Learn more about what makes job ads such a treasure trove with the following 22 Scrum Master anti-patterns derived from job ads.

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Food for Agile Thought #276: Agile at Tesla, A Retrospective in Prison, Roadmap Bankruptcy, Speeding up Development was first published on Age-of-Product.com.

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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.