Food for Agile Thought #122

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #122 supports your New Year’s resolution to read more industry news with the top agile blogs, we learn why software product development sometimes feels like playing Tetris, and how we might deal with fixed scope/fixed deadline projects in 2018.

We also listen to Steve Jobs how good people manage themselves, why including the sales guys may preserve the competitive edge over your competition, and what the next ten years in tech will bring according to Benedict Evans and a16z.

Have a chillaxing holiday season! We will be back with Food for Agile Thought #123 on January 7th, 2018.

🏆 The Tip of the Week: Top Agile Blogs

Vasco Duarte: 20 TOP Agile Blogs for Scrum Masters that you will not (easily) find on google searches (2017 edition)

Vasco Duarte shares his list of the Top 20 blogs for Scrum Masters.

Source: 20 TOP Agile Blogs for Scrum Masters that you will not (easily) find on google searches (2017 edition)

Author: Vasco Duarte

Lipstick Agile

Have you noticed how many people in the agile field are unhappy with their work situation?

Scrum masters, and agile coaches who are close to either burnout or indifference. Product owners who “own” the product by name only, and developers who are questioning why Scrum a) skips all the practices that make XP work, and b) often turns out to be just another form of micromanagement.

Read More: Lipstick Agile

Agile & Scrum

John Cutler (via Medium): Stop Playing Tetris (With Teams, Sprints, Projects, and Individuals)

Stop Playing Tetris (With Teams, Sprints, Projects, and Individuals)
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John Cutler details how working in software development can sometimes feel like Tetris — including its elements of futility and masochism.

Source: Medium: Stop Playing Tetris (With Teams, Sprints, Projects, and Individuals)

Author: John Cutler

Evan Carmichael: Young Steve Jobs on how to hire, manage, and lead people

Evan Carmichael shares an early video from Steve Jobs on leadership: ‘The greatest people are self-managing.’

Source: Young Steve Jobs on how to hire, manage, and lead people

Author: Evan Carmichael

Gojko Adzic: Christmas Prioritisation: How to run agile with fixed scope, fixed time, planned months in advance

Gojko Adzic shares his idea of working in an agile manner with stakeholders that want a fixed scope and fixed time, and ideally a fixed budget.

Source: Christmas Prioritisation: How to run agile with fixed scope, fixed time, planned months in advance

Author: Gojko Adzic

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Product & Lean

(via Alpha): Top Product Management Influencers in 2017

The Alpha people provide their 2017 list of product management influencers.

Source: Alpha: Top Product Management Influencers in 2017

Bardia Shahali (via Intercom): How Sales adds value to a product roadmap

Bardia Shahali encourages open lines of communication between sales and product, thus maintaining an edge over your competition.

Source: Intercom: How Sales adds value to a product roadmap

Author: Bardia Shahali

Evelyn Benedict (via Andreessen Horowitz): Presentation: Ten Year Futures

Benedict Evans shared his keynote from Andreessen Horowitz’s annual ‘Tech Summit’ conference, talking about the state of tech today and what’s likely to happen in the next decade.

Source: Andreessen Horowitz: Presentation: Ten Year Futures

Author: Benedict Evans

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Food for Agile Thought #122: Top Agile Blogs, Stop Playing with Teams, Steve Jobs on Self-Management was first published on Age-of-Product.

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