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.
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.
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.
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.”
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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.
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.
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.
Author: Imogen Johnson
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Food for Agile Thought #267: Psychopaths and Narcissists, Get Your Brain Back, Paradoxes of Product Management, Experiment Pitfalls was first published on Age-of-Product.com.