Change: The Core Belief Model, Agile Principles — Food for Agile Thought #320

TL; DR: The Core Belief Model, Agile Principles — Food for Agile Thought #320

Welcome to the 320th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 33,679 peers. This week, we point at the importance of an organization’s mindset as the starting point for any meaningful transformation, introducing the Core Belief Model. Also, we learn from McKinsey’s interview of six bp leaders on their learnings and reflections regarding a successful transformation, and we delve into the basics of ‘agile,’ from ‘starting with Why’ to the people factor to the perils of shielding teams from clients.

We then delve into the magic math behind an organizational culture where innovation thrives and into the differences between a PoC, a prototype, and an MVP. Also, we sketch four critical negotiations for product managers, from the overly optimistic salesperson to the executive with an ‘excellent’ idea, and we share a new canvas for the jobs-to-be-done framework to help you avoid unnecessary pivoting and churn.

Lastly, we appreciate Richard Kasperowski interviewing Mary and Tom Poppendieck on what you can do to keep your team together in this challenging time, and we share eight games to hack your culture to unlock high performance. Moreover, we learn that Péter Horváth believes that you should not simply ask ‘why’ five times in a row — for multiple psychological reasons.

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Itamar Gilad: Company Mindset — Mapping Out The Ultimate Challenge

Itamar Gilad points at the importance of an organization’s mindset as the starting point for any meaningful transformation, introducing the Core Belief Model.

Source: Company Mindset — Mapping Out The Ultimate Challenge

Author: Itamar Gilad

➿ Agile & Scrum

(via McKinsey & Company): bp: An agility pioneer in the energy industry

McKinsey & Company interviewed six bp leaders on their learnings and reflections about its Production & Operations organization’s transformation.

Source: McKinsey & Company: bp: An agility pioneer in the energy industry

🎙 Richard Kasperowski: Mary and Tom Poppendieck: How to Keep Your Team Together in the Age of Great Resignation

Richard Kasperowski interviews Mary and Tom Poppendieck on what you can do to keep your team together in this challenging time.

Source: 🎙 Mary and Tom Poppendieck: How to Keep Your Team Together in the Age of Great Resignation

Authors: Richard Kasperowski and Mary Poppendieck

Al Tenhundfeld (via Simple Thread): Agile Principles: Go Together

Al Tenhundfeld takes us back to the basics of ‘agile,’ from starting with ‘Why’ to the people factor to the perils of shielding teams from clients.

Source: Simple Thread: Agile Principles: Go Together

Author: Al Tenhundfeld

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🎯 Product

Janna Bastow (via ProdPad): The Culture Formula

Janna Bastow delves into the magic math behind an organizational culture where innovation thrives.

Source: ProdPad: The Culture Formula

Author: Janna Bastow

Dmitry Chekalin (via Codica Team): Proof of Concept vs MVP: How to Create a Successful Product

Dmitry Chekalin delves into the differences between a PoC, a prototype, and an MVP, suggesting when to use what.

Source: codica: Proof of Concept vs MVP: How to Create a Successful Product

Author: Dmitry Chekalin

(via ProductPlan): 4 Key Negotiation Moments for Product Managers

ProductPlan sketches four critical negotiations for product managers, from the overly optimistic salesperson to the executive with an ‘excellent’ idea.

Source: ProductPlan: 4 Key Negotiation Moments for Product Managers

📯 What Capacity Check? — Making Your Scrum Work #23

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🛠 Tools & Measuring

Péter Horváth (via Medium): You Are Using the ‘5 Whys’ Wrong. Here’s How to Improve.

Péter Horváth believes that you should not simply ask ‘why’ five times in a row — for multiple psychological reasons. Instead, learn how you can do better.

Source: Medium: You Are Using the ‘5 Whys’ Wrong. Here’s How to Improve.

Author: Péter Horváth

Michael Sahota: 8 Agile Games to Win at Work

Michael Sahota shares eight games to hack your culture to unlock high performance.

Source: 8 Agile Games to Win at Work

Author: Michael Sahota

Tony Ulwick (via Medium): The JTBD Market Definition Canvas

Tony Ulwick shares a new canvas for the jobs-to-be-done framework to help you avoid unnecessary pivoting and churn.

Source: Medium: The JTBD Market Definition Canvas

Author: Tony Ulwick

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