Food for Agile Thought #204

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #204 turns to Scrum TPS to 3–5x quality and value; we learn how to weave strings of Liberating Structures to achieve a Scrum Team’s goals, and we adjust our approach to handling organizational change.

We then kill our product backlogs; we embrace the idea of #nocode MVPs, and we come back again to the question of user story sizing.

Lastly, we ask: how come that so many agile transformations still fail, given the wealth of knowledge accumulated on the topic over recent years?

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #203?

🏆 The Essential Read

Anthony Murphy (via Product Coalition): Is Your Agile Transformation Failing, Too?

Ant Murphy asks: if we know that change is hard, why do a staggering amount of transformations still fail?

Source: Product Coalition: Is Your Agile Transformation Failing, Too?

Author: Ant Murphy

Agile & Scrum TPS

Barry Overeem (via Scrum.org): Strategy Knotworking: turning ideas and ambitions into reality

Barry Overeem shares an example of how a Scrum Master can use Liberating Structures to help a Scrum Team turn their ideas and ambitions into reality.

Source: Scrum.org: Strategy Knotworking: turning ideas and ambitions into reality

Author: Barry Overeem

(via InfoQ): Scrum & The Toyota Production System, Build Ultra-Powerful Teams

Pierre Jannez notes that marrying Scrum and TPS improves quality and value creation by an x3-x5 factor.

Source: InfoQ: Scrum & The Toyota Production System, Build Ultra-Powerful Teams

Len Lagestee: …But Your Kids are Going to Love it

Len Lagestee points at the importance of understanding the current state before leaping ahead with a change approach.

Source: …But Your Kids are Going to Love it

Author: Len Lagestee

📯 Scrum First Principles

Popularized by Elon Musk, utilizing first principles thinking to solve problems in an innovative, creative, and less biased way has proven popular in the tech community. Given that its sibling empiricism is an integral part of Scrum as a framework, applying Scrum first principles thinking is also a useful exercise.

Learn more: Scrum First Principles — How to Elon Musk the Scrum Guide.

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Product & Lean

Jason Fried and Justin Jackson (via Justinmind): Jason Fried wants to delete my backlog

Justin Jackson shares a short video with Jason Fried, in which Jason advocates to kill product backlogs, being ‘dangerous, horrible’ things.

Source: Justinmind: Jason Fried wants to delete my backlog

Authors: Jason Fried and Justin Jackson

John Saddington (via Free Code Camp): How We Built Our Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

John Saddington shares the story of how Yen.io started — without coding.

Source: Free Code Camp: How We Built Our Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

Author: John Saddington

Allan Kelly (via DZone): What Is the Right Size for a User Story?

Allan Kelly shares his criteria that a User Story should meet — independent of size.

Source: DZone: What Is the Right Size for a User Story?

Author: Allan Kelly

📅 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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I have worked for 17-plus years as a Scrum Master, Product Owner, and agile coach. Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with Scrum.org.