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TL; DR: Winnable Games — Food for Agile Thought #399

Welcome to the 399th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 47,711 peers. This week, John Cutler suggests considering your way of working as an enticing, challenging, and winnable game, and we dig into how to get bosses on board with Agile with trust-building tactics, busting fears around big shake-ups. Also, we flip the ADHD narrative, revealing its potential strengths for teams. Moreover, Fred Hebert argues that complexity is inevitable in life and systems, and efforts to control it overly can backfire. The goal, then, is to delay chaos by carefully steering complex systems.

Then, Aatir Abdul Rauf shares insights on what Product Managers can learn from Product Marketing Managers and vice versa, given Airbnb’s decision to eliminate the PM role and merge PM & PMM functions. Jason Cohen breaks down the essence of ‘leverage,’ achieving big impacts with little effort, while we explore the power of rapid experimentation in tackling uncertainties

Finally, we use the Sydney Opera House’s infamous miscalculation to explain why we are rubbish at estimating and delve into probabilistic forecasting in Agile, analyzing data from 25 ASOS teams to test this forecasting method’s accuracy. Additionally, we learn more about FAST agile, a practice that remarkably enhances the scaling of super-sized teams and self-organization within organizations. We also share a cheat sheet for understanding tech debt.

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Winnable Games

John Cutler: Winnable and Unwinnable Games (Part 1)

John Cutler suggests considering your way of working as an enticing, challenging, and winnable game. This concept is at the core of the North Star Framework, encouraging autonomy and tying work to sustainable business outcomes. However, beware of setting up unwinnable games or not adding value to customers, employees, or the business.

🍋 The Lemon of the Week

Stephen Waring (via Medium): What if you renamed all the scrum events?

Where is the benefit of recommending ointment when someone needs surgery?

➿ Agile & Scrum

(via Leading Agile): Selling Agile to the C-Suite to Get Buy-In

Dennis Stevens digs into how to get bosses on board with Agile. Dive into the trust-building tactics and busting fears around big shake-ups.

Dietrich Moerman (via InfoQ): Embracing ADHD and Other Neurodivergencies in Software Development Teams

Dietrich Moerman flips the ADHD narrative, revealing its potential strengths for teams. We need to ditch the stigma and foster psychological safety to build neuro-inclusive spaces, cut back on cognitive overload, respect focus time, and offer solid mentoring.

Fred Hebert: Embrace Complexity; Tighten Your Feedback Loops

Fred Hebert argues that complexity is inevitable in life and systems, and efforts to control it overly can backfire. The goal, then, is to delay chaos by carefully steering complex systems.

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Aatir Abdul Rauf: Why did Airbnb combine Product Management with Product Marketing?

Airbnb’s decision to eliminate the PM role and merge PM & PMM functions has sparked a lively discussion. Reflecting on nine years in a hybrid PM/PMM role, Aatir Abdul Rauf shares insights on what PMs can learn from PMMs and vice versa.

Jason Cohen (via Jason Cohen): The three kinds of leverage that anchor effective strategies

In this article, Jason Cohen breaks down the essence of ‘leverage,’ achieving big impacts with little effort. Learn to utilize your unique strengths to create ‘head-scratching’ results and outperform the competition.

Brant Cooper (via Medium): Rapid Experimentation: The Fast Track to Overcoming Uncertainty

Brant Cooper explores the power of rapid experimentation in tackling uncertainties, unearthing the potential of testing ideas quickly, challenging assumptions, and reducing failure risk for better decision-making and strategic planning.

📯 Useless Agile Metrics

Ideally, a metric is a leading indicator for a pattern change, allowing your Scrum team to analyze the cause in time and take countermeasures. However, what if you picked the wrong metrics? What if these useless agile metrics lead you in the wrong direction while providing you with the illusion that you know where your team is heading?

Learn more about useless agile metrics, from individual velocity to estimation accuracy to utilization rates.

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🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring

Kyle Evans (via Medium): Why We’re So Bad At Estimating. And What We Can Do About It

Ever thought, ‘Why are we rubbish at estimating?’ Kyle Evans uses the Sydney Opera House’s infamous miscalculation to explain the problem.

Nick Brown (via Medium): The Full Monte. Just how accurate are Monte Carlo [Simulations?]

Nick Brown delves into probabilistic forecasting in Agile, analyzing data from 25 ASOS teams to test this forecasting method’s accuracy.

Jade Rubick (via DZone): Can a Team Have 150 People in It? FAST Agile Says Yes

Jade Rubick delves into FAST agile, a practice that remarkably enhances the scaling of super-sized teams and self-organization within organizations.

🎶 Encore

Carl Vellotti: Technical Debt Cheat Sheet for Non-technical People

Carl Vellotti shares a cheat sheet for understanding tech debt. If you’re non-technical, this resource – outlining types, causes, mitigation strategies, and long-term impacts of tech debt – will help foster more constructive dialogues.

(via Shipping Tomorrow): What to do when you don’t have ‘em answers 🥳

Four strategies product managers may apply to deflect stakeholder questions, cartoon edition.


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