Food for Agile Thought #200

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #200 delves into fixed agile, we learn about how large organizations assess a Scrum Master’s qualification, and why ‘agile transformation’ is not ideal as a story to tell.

We also ask whether all of your organization’s member can answer the “what is your product” question consistently, we gain a better understanding how uncertainty will influence product discovery and delivery, respectively, and brush up our understanding of effective Product Backlog refinement techniques.

Lastly, we like to thank Basecamp for providing another free webbook on software project management Basecamp-style. (#NoAgile, #NoScrum, #NoWaterfall, #NoPostits, #NoSprints, #NoStandups — just saying.)

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #199?

🏆 The Essential Read

Sachin Rekhi: 3 Compelling Concepts from Basecamp’s Shape Up

Sachin Rekhi critiques the latest Basecamp book by Ryan Singer on how to manage software projects.

Source: 3 Compelling Concepts from Basecamp’s Shape Up

Author: Sachin Rekhi

Agile & Scrum

Ron Jeffries: Fixed-Everything: Agile?

Fixed Agile: Ron Jeffries shares his take on the question of whether ‘agile’ is suited to deliver on fixed scope, budget, and timeline projects.

Source: Fixed-Everything: Agile?

Author: Ron Jeffries

(via Agile Alliance): How Do We Know if a Scrum Master is “Good Enough” for Our Teams?

Sarah Baca reports on how Express Scripts is trying to determine the qualification of Scrum Masters and how the approach is developing.

Source: Agile Alliance: How Do We Know if a Scrum Master is “Good Enough” for Our Teams?

Yuri Malishenko (via Medium): Agile transformation is a bad story and here is why

Yuri Malishenko shares his thoughts about why ‘agile transformation’ is genuinely a bad story.

Source: Medium: Agile transformation is a bad story and here is why

Author: Yuri Malishenko

📅 Professional Scrum Master Training PSM I + Liberating Structures — Berlin, September 17–19, 2019

This extended PSM class adds a third day to the Professional Scrum Master training that focuses on the application of Liberating Structures to Scrum Events such as the Sprint Retrospective or the Sprint Review to apply the PSM training immediately to practical problems.

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Product & Lean

Ellen Gottesdiener: What Is Your Product?

Ellen Gottesdiener reflects on the importance of having a clear and consistent answer to this fundamental question.

Source: What Is Your Product?

Author: Ellen Gottesdiener

Philipp Krehl (via Mind The Product): Product Discovery or Product Delivery: How do you Decide?

Philipp Krehl analyzes the fundamental difference between product discovery and delivery: the degree of uncertainty.

Source: Mind The Product: Product Discovery or Product Delivery: How do you Decide?

Author: Philipp Krehl

Ilia Pavlichenko (via Scrum.org): Effective Refinement, Part I

Ilia Pavlichenko suggests how to split stories, take on refinements, and why developers need to communicate directly with the stakeholders.

Source: Scrum.org: Effective Refinement, Part I

Author: Ilia Pavlichenko

📅 Training, Workshops, and Events

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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #199: Fixing Scrum, Mob Programming Patterns, #NoCode, 737 MAX Revisited.

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