Food for Agile Thought #214

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #214 delves into Scrum agility; we follow a notion for time-based estimates, and we learn more about similarities and differences between Cynefin and the Stacey matrix.

We also consider the suggestion to skip standups as those are supposedly the worst breed of time-wasting status update meetings; we appreciate an infographic on output, outcome, and impact, and follow AirBnB to Cuba.

Lastly, we applaud an engineer for sharing his take on the role of the Product Owner.

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🏆 The Essential Read: Scrum Agility

📺 📖 MJ (Michael James): Why ‘Scrum’ Isn’t Making Your Company Very Agile

Michael James shares his observations on how misconceptions about the Product Owner role harm your organization, and what to do about it in an outstanding animation.

Source: 📺 📖 Why ‘Scrum’ Isn’t Making Your Company Very Agile

Author: Michael James

Agile & Scrum

Gergely Orosz: Yes, You Should Estimate Software Projects

Gergely Orosz advocates for doing time-based estimates instead of estimating complexity with story points.

Source: Yes, You Should Estimate Software Projects

Author: Gergely Orosz

Dave Snowden (via Cognitive Edge): Separated by a common language?

Dave Snowden elaborates on the similarities and differences between Cynefin and the Stacey matrix.

Source: Cognitive Edge: Separated by a common language?

Author: Dave Snowden

Andy Johns: Why Standups are Useless and How to Run Great Product Team Meetings

Andy Johns believes that the worst breed of time-wasting status update meetings is the standup popularized in ‘agile methodology.’

Source: Why Standups are Useless and How to Run Great Product Team Meetings

Author: Andy Johns

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Product & Lean

(via Crisp): Output vs Outcome vs Impact

Christophe Achouiantz shares a useful infographic defining the terms that product folks often use confusingly.

Source: Crisp: Output vs Outcome vs Impact

Jonathan Golden (via First Round Capital): The Power of the Elastic Product Team — Airbnb’s First PM on How to Build Your Own

Jonathan Golden shares his experience with a flexible, cross-functional team that paved AirBnB’s road to Cuba.

Source: First Round Capital: The Power of the Elastic Product Team — Airbnb’s First PM on How to Build Your Own

Author: Jonathan Golden

Christopher Laine (via Medium): Advice to Product Owners from a Developer

Christopher Laine lists all the things that a PO is not supposed to be — from an engineer’s perspective.

Source: Medium: Advice to Product Owners from a Developer

Author: Christopher Laine

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Stefan Wolpers

Stefan Wolpers

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