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Unlocking Performance: The Overlooked Management Strategy That Works Wonders

Unlocking Performance: The Overlooked Management Strategy That Works Wonders

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by Matthias Orgler
Hello Reader,
in the last two weeks we looked at planning: assessing why we insist on finalizing the plan (and how to stop) and why you shouldn’t pick user stories in Sprint planning (and what to do instead).
This week we’ll talk about an overlooked management strategy that could unlock high performance for you.
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Why You Shouldn’t Assign Team Members to User Stories During Sprint Planning

Why You Shouldn’t Assign Team Members to User Stories During Sprint Planning

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by Matthias Orgler
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last week we talked about why we can’t seem to let go of “finalizing the plan”. This week we’ll look at a common bad habit that can sneak into your sprint planning in Scrum.
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Why You Shouldn’t Assign Team Members to…

The Great Agile Paradox: Why We Can’t Seem to Let Go of “Finalizing the Plan”

The Great Agile Paradox: Why We Can’t Seem to Let Go of “Finalizing the Plan”

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by Matthias Orgler
Hello Reader,
last week we talked about why Product Owners shouldn’t spend so much time writing user stories. This week we’ll look at the paradox of well knowing how much waste big upfront planning is, yet still insisting on doing it.
Before we dive into why we can’t let go of planning to plan the plan, here are other articles you might have missed:
Overcoming Resistance to Change in Agile Transformations: A Guide for Agile Coaches and Leaders​
Unlocking…

Let’s Chat About Writing User Stories… Or Not 😳

Let’s Chat About Writing User Stories… Or Not 😳

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by Matthias Orgler
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last week we talked about change resistance in agile transformations and how to overcome it. This week let’s chat about writing user stories… or not 😳😄. Are user stories really about writing?
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Let’s Chat About Writing…

Overcoming Resistance to Change in Agile Transformations: A Guide for Agile Coaches and Leaders

Overcoming Resistance to Change in Agile Transformations: A Guide for Agile Coaches and Leaders

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by Matthias Orgler
Hello Reader,
last week we talked about how to achieve psychological safety and why it’s important for agility. This week I wanna tackle an issue most agile practitioners grapple with: Resistance to change.
If you’d like to read about a specific topic or have a current issue in your organization, let me know! Just reply to this email – I read all replies.
And now let’s talk about resistance to change, why it happens and what you can do about it.
Thank you…

Unlocking Innovation and Autonomy: The Critical Role of Psychological Safety in Agile Teams

Unlocking Innovation and Autonomy: The Critical Role of Psychological Safety in Agile Teams

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by Matthias Orgler
Unlocking Innovation and Autonomy: The Critical Role of Psychological Safety in Agile Teams
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Have you ever wondered why some agile teams soar to new heights of innovation and efficiency, while others struggle to find their rhythm?…

Rapid Experiments vs. Big Upfront Planning

Rapid Experiments vs. Big Upfront Planning

What is better: An iterative approach with rapid experiments and lots of failures, or a cautious big upfront planning trying to sketch a perfect solution while avoiding risks? While we Agile Coaches talk a lot about this topic, it helps to look at real world cases of...

How to easily destroy agility

How to easily destroy agility

If you don‘t set clear goals & priorities on top management level, you‘ll stir unhealthy conflict & confusion in teams. It‘s not uncommon for managers to spend half of their workday resolving conflicts that bubble up to them. Many of these conflicts stem from...

How long is your backlog?

How long is your backlog?

If you start having trouble finding stories – or wondering whether the story is already in there somewhere – your backlog is probably too long 😅 The idea of a product backlog is that of a short-term buffer. A backlog lasting about 6 weeks is good; a backlog lasting 6...

How to slow down your business

How to slow down your business

If you can change direction every 2 weeks 🐆, but you only decide to change direction once a year 🐌, you‘re not agile. Agility is far too often confined to the delivery organization. But without agility on the portfolio level, you‘re not actually using that delivery...

Your budgeting kills agility!

Your budgeting kills agility!

Agility is much more than teaching teams to deliver in sprints. If your goal is to tackle the challenges of today, you'd better become agile on all levels. Traditional budgeting often works somewhat like this: 👏 Management decides to pursue a business opportunity🤦...

Are you afraid of user feedback?

Are you afraid of user feedback?

While sprint reviews or system demos are meant to focus on feedback from users, so that you can deliver more value… …some PMs and POs are afraid that user feedback could challenge their plans/backlogs. What I see play out almost every week is the struggle to adopt an...

Have the damn guts to walk out on a meeting!

Have the damn guts to walk out on a meeting!

Take responsibility for your own productive time! Agility is about autonomy. Autonomy means you‘re responsible for your time. Sitting through meetings just because somebody invited you is not a responsible use of your time. 👉 Have the courage to decline meeting...