TL; DR: Scrum’s Failure — Food for Agile Thought #389
Welcome to the 389th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 46,163 peers. This week, we delve into Scrum’s failure: Jason Godesky reminds us that few have ever worked in a true Scrum team, but many have in a Scrum cargo cult environment. Moreover, we delve into “bias and noise” and how they influence forecasting, and we learn how you can use Fluid Scrum Teams to manage multiple data products over various Sprints. Also, in shameless self-promotion, I want to point to the No Nonsense Agile Podcast that Murray Robinson, Shane Gibson, and I recorded recently. (Speaking of anti-patterns: There is also a new article on Jira and its perils if misused, see below.)
Then, we analyze the fundamental misalignment between the ‘business’ — focusing on one customer at a time — and ‘product/engineering,’ focusing on the overall impact for the installed base. Additionally, we point to the importance of embracing a learning mindset as the driver of innovation while process, vetos, institutional memory, and the vilification of failure work against it, and we share a practical and actionable list of recommendations to create a ProductOps handbook.
Finally, we suggest five experiments to help foster a safe working environment, from equal speaking time during meetings to celebrating failure, plus a new tool to ease the often challenging task of communicating project issues: the Definition of Broken. More tools are from John Cutler, who points to the free template library of the complete North Star metrics framework. Lastly, Nicole Abi-Esber and Juliana Schroeder claim that people underestimate how much others want to receive feedback.
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In shameless self-promotion, I want to point to the No Nonsense Agile Podcast that Murray Robinson, Shane Gibson, and I recorded recently.
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Medium): Why Scrum Fails(via
Jason Godesky reminds us that few have ever worked in a true Scrum team, but many have in a Scrum cargo cult environment.
Medium): A Fresh Perspective on Forecasting in Software Development(via
Philip Rogers delves into bias and noise, and how they influence forecasts.
inovex GmbH): Using Fluid Scrum Teams in Data Products Developmentand (via
Tobias Maasland and Anna Weißhaar share how they use Fluid Scrum Teams to manage multiple data products over various Sprints.
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The Chocolate Cake Problem:
Rich Mironov analyzes the fundamental misalignment between the ‘business’ — focusing on one customer at a time — and ‘product/engineering,’ focusing on the overall impact for the installed base.
Deb Liu points to the importance of embracing a learning mindset as the driver of innovation, while process, vetos, institutional memory, and the vilification of failure work against it.
D.I.Y. Product Ops Handbookand :
Antonia Landi and Lara Orrico share a practical and actionable list of recommendations.
📯 Jira Anti-Patterns
If you ask people to come up with popular attributes for “Agile” or “agility,” Scrum and Jira will likely be among the top ten featured. Moreover, in any discussion about the topic, someone will mention that using Scrum running on top of Jira does not make an organization agile. However, more importantly, this notion is often only a tiny step from identifying Jira as a potential impediment to outright vilifying it. So in March 2023, I embarked on a non-representative research exercise to learn how organizations misuse Jira from a team perspective as I wanted to understand Jira anti-patterns.
Read on and learn more about how a project management tool that is reasonably usable when you use it out of the box without any modifications turns into a bureaucratic nightmare, what the reasons for this might be, and what we can do about it.
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🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring
Corporate Rebels): Here are 5 Proven Practices to Boost Psychological Safety(via
Joost Minnaar suggests five experiments to help foster a safe working environment, from equal speaking time during meetings to celebrating failure.
Definition of Broken (DoB): A Tool for Improving Communications and Outcomes:
Mike Griffiths suggests a tool to ease the often challenging task of communicating project issues.
Amplitude North Star Template Library:
John Cutler points to the free template library of the complete North Star metrics framework.
(via Behavioral Scientist): Give More Feedback—Others Want It More Than You Think
Nicole Abi-Esber and Juliana Schroeder claim that people underestimate how much others want to receive their feedback.
Boundaryless): The Trilemma of Organizational Unbundling(via
Simone Cicero and Emanuele Quintarelli explain what organizational unbundling is and why it is critical for the future of organizations.
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