Food for Agile Thought #191

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #191 asks if Agile is dead, features an epic article on the usefulness of Liberating Structures for Scrum Masters, and applauds Jeff for a handy card listing 45 rebuttals to claims that ‘Agile would not work.’

We also delve into the problem of blindly believing what your customers tell you when creating Product Backlogs. Moreover, we learn why everyone should participate in prototyping, and we reconsider whether we have been using dot voting correctly so far.

Lastly, we thank CollabNet VersionOne for publishing the 13th State of Agile Report.

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🏆 The Essential Read

Barry Overeem (via Scrum.org): The Value of Liberating Structures for Scrum Masters

The Value of Liberating Structures for Scrum Masters
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Barry Overeem provides an excellent overview of the benefits of Liberating Structures for Scrum Masters.

Source: Scrum.org: The Value of Liberating Structures for Scrum Masters

Author: Barry Overeem

Agile Is Dead & Scrum

(via Brave Geeks): Agile is dead: SCRUM implementation survival guide

Brave Geeks addresses the two most common reasons for criticism of Agile/Scrum.

Source: Brave Geeks: Agile is dead: SCRUM implementation survival guide

Jeff Gothelf (via Medium): The top 10 rebuttals to: ‘Agile is great. But it won’t work here.’

The top 10 rebuttals to: ‘Agile is great. But it won’t work here.’
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Jeff Gothelf shares a handy Bingo-style board with 45 answers on why ‘Agile’ will work here, too.

Source: Medium: The top 10 rebuttals to: ‘Agile is great. But it won’t work here.’

Author: Jeff Gothelf

(via CollabNet VersionOne): 13th Annual State of Agile Report

Collabnet VersionOne just published the latest edition of the Annual State of Agile Report.

Source: CollabNet VersionOne: 13th Annual State of Agile Report

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Product & Lean

Stephen P. Anderson (via Medium): What’s Wrong with Dot Voting Exercises

What’s Wrong with Dot Voting Exercises
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Stephen P. Anderson shares his concerns with the rampant butchering of an excellent tool and what to do about it.

Source: Medium: What’s Wrong with Dot Voting Exercises

Author: Stephen P. Anderson

Johanna Rothman: Eliminate Fake Certainty and Solve the Real Problem

Johanna Rothman points at the ‘fake certainty’ that customers often have about their problems and the risk involved in building what customers demand.

Source: Eliminate Fake Certainty and Solve the Real Problem

Author: Johanna Rothman

Chris Nyffeler and Coe Leta Stafford (via IDEO U): Why Everyone Should Prototype (Not Just Designers)

Chris Nyffeler interviews Coe Leta Stafford on the value of prototyping and why everyone on a product team should actively prototype.

Source: IDEO U: Why Everyone Should Prototype (Not Just Designers)

Authors: Chris Nyffeler and Coe Leta Stafford

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Stefan Wolpers

I have worked for 16-plus years as anScrum Master, Product Owner, and agile coach. Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with Scrum.org.