Food for Agile Thought #267

TL; DR: Psychopaths and Narcissists, Get Your Brain Back — Food for Agile Thought #267

Welcome to the 267th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 27,937 peers. This week, we learn how to deal with psychopaths and narcissists as a change agent; we move away from command & control to bring back creativity, and we figure out how agile contracting with customers works at an agency.

We then address eighteen product management paradoxes; we learn about eight avoidable mistakes when running experiments, and we get an overview of the results of a recent survey on OKRs and how organizations apply them in practice.

Lastly, we enjoy listening to Mary and Tom Poppendieck, sharing their thoughts on Lean as “a way of thinking that values people.”

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🏆 The Tip of the Week

Erich Bühler (via InfoQ): Dealing with Psychopaths and Narcissists during Agile Change

Erich Bühler reflects on 20 years of working as a change consultant with difficult people.

Source: InfoQ: Dealing with Psychopaths and Narcissists during Agile Change

Author: Erich Bühler

Agile & Scrum

Chuck Blakeman (via Corporate Rebels): Giving Everybody Their Brain Back

Chuck Blakeman suggests moving from command & control to ‘Two-Step Decision-making,‘ thus bringing back creativity.

Source: Corporate Rebels: Giving Everybody Their Brain Back

Author: Chuck Blakeman

Ben Linders (via InfoQ): Value vs Time: an Agile Contract Model

Ben Linders interviews Andrea Zomer on how agile contracting with customers works at his agency Zupit.

Source: InfoQ: Value vs Time: an Agile Contract Model

Author: Ben Linders

🎙 Mark Graban: Mary and Tom Poppendieck on #Lean Software & More

In this podcast, Mary and Tom Poppendieck share their thoughts on Lean as “a way of thinking that values people.”

Source: 🎙 Mary and Tom Poppendieck on #Lean Software & More

Authors: Mark Graban and Mary Poppendieck

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Product & Lean

Anthony Murphy (via Product Coalition): Paradoxes of Product Management

Ant Murphy points at eighteen PM paradoxes, from good enough to SME vs. Jack-of-all-trades to failure.

Source: Product Coalition: Paradoxes of Product Management

Author: Ant Murphy

(via Strategyzer): The Most Common Experiment Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

Learned the hard way, Lucy Luo lists eight avoidable mistakes when running experiments.

Source: Strategyzer: The Most Common Experiment Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

Imogen Johnson (via Mind The Product): How Real Product Teams Make OKRs work: Survey Results

Imogen Johnson provides an overview of the results of a recent survey on OKRs and how organizations apply them in practice.

Source: Mind The Product: How Real Product Teams Make OKRs work: Survey Results

Author: Imogen Johnson

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

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