Food for Agile Thought #160

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #160 addresses a need we all share: our whiteboard skills. We also follow Ian Mitchell’s idea to move from predicting a shipping date to providing a likelihood of completion with Monte Carlo forecasting. We also appreciate Ron Jeffries’ thoughts beyond XP and Scrum.

We then revisit a favorite topic — how to deal with our nemesis, the sales folks — , we consider complementing Design Thinking with Scrum, and we learn how to become faster than the competition in identifying the non-obvious, yet lucrative market opportunity.

Lastly, we have another survey running: join 140-plus peers and share your greatest success solving an issue outside your sphere of control.

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🏆 The Essential Read

Yuri Malishenko (via Medium): Learn these two simple techniques that will dramatically improve your whiteboard skills

Learn these two simple techniques that will dramatically improve your whiteboard skills
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Yuri Malishenko helps you to become a pro when working with whiteboards.

Source: Medium: Learn these two simple techniques that will dramatically improve your whiteboard skills

Author: Yuri Malishenko

Agile & Scrum

Ron Jeffries: New Framework? XP Revisited? No…

Ron Jeffries shares his recent reflections on agile practices, XP, Scrum, and ‘all that jazz.’

Source: New Framework? XP Revisited? No…

Author: Ron Jeffries

Ian Mitchell (via Scrum.org): Monte Carlo forecasting in Scrum

Ian Mitchell suggests focussing on the likelihood of completion instead of providing a delivery date to satisfy stakeholders’ curiosity.

Source: Scrum.org: Monte Carlo forecasting in Scrum

Author: Ian Mitchell

Viktor Cessan: Turn Up The Good with the ”The Good, The Great, and The Amazing” Retrospective

Viktor Cessan created a short retrospective format based upon practices and elements that are already good to make them even better.

Source: Turn Up The Good with the ”The Good, The Great, and The Amazing” Retrospective

Author: Viktor Cessan

Survey: How Do You Solve Impediments?

No matter if you are a Scrum Master or an agile coach, sooner or later, you will run into a problem that’s outside of the team’s sphere of control. The question is: How do you solve impediments of this kind? What approach has worked best for you in the past?

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Product & Lean

Liz Love (via Mind The Product): Relationship Goals: How to Resolve the Tension Between Product Management and Sales

Liz Love suggests three simple steps to turn your relationship with sales around.

Source: Mind The Product: Relationship Goals: How to Resolve the Tension Between Product Management and Sales

Author: Liz Love

Takeshi Yoshida (via Medium): Try Design Thinking + Scrum

Try Design Thinking + Scrum
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Takeshi Yoshida believes that Design Thinking and Scrum are complementary agile approaches — why not combine both?

Source: Medium: Try Design Thinking + Scrum

Author: Takeshi Yoshida

Elad Gil (via First Round): Future Founders, Here’s How to Spot and Build in Nonobvious Markets

Elad Gil on how to find what bucks conventional wisdom before anyone else and scaling it into a high-growth company.

Source: First Round Capital: Future Founders, Here’s How to Spot and Build in Nonobvious Markets

Author: Elad Gil

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