Food for Agile Thought #326: Enabling Great Work, The Better Listener

TL; DR: Enabling Great Work, The Better Listener — Food for Agile Thought #326

Welcome to the 326th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 34,017 peers. This week, we point out the patterns enabling great work. We also reflect on the essential pre-requisite of a high-performing team: Team members ‘feel free to express their questions, concerns, ideas, and mistakes,’ and we suggest building our listening mindset to escape the ‘surface listening’ trap.

We then delve into the need to balance discovery & delivery while establishing strong ethics of testing business ideas and share an approach to creating an experimentation mindset when the target organization values structure and process. Moreover, we have an interesting look at the top-down world of product management, where the team is just executing what’s put in front of them.

Lastly, we explain why product roadmaps may be roads; however, they are no road maps, and we try a simple quiz to get the self-management discussion going: Where do we stand as a team?

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🏆 The Tip of the Week

Esther Derby: Shaping Patterns

Esther Derby points out the importance of “Clarity, Conditions, and Constraints” to build healthy environments enabling great work.

Source: Shaping Patterns

Author: Esther Derby

➿ Agile & Scrum

(via InfoQ): Creating Psychological Safety in Your Teams

Mehmet Baha reflects on the essential pre-requisite of a high-performing team: Team members ‘feel free to express their questions, concerns, ideas, and mistakes.’

Source: InfoQ: Creating Psychological Safety in Your Teams

David Ehrlichman (via Stanford Social Innovation): Fostering Self-Organization

David Ehrlichman shares an excerpt from his book ‘Impact Networks’ on ‘four key principles to realize the immense potential of collaborative and purpose-driven networks.’

Source: Stanford Social Innovation: Fostering Self-Organization

Author: David Ehrlichman

Ximena Vengoechea (via First Round Capital): The Art of Becoming a Better Listener — Tactical Advice for the Startup Setting

Ximena Vengoechea suggests building our listening mindset to escape the ‘surface listening’ trap.

Source: First Round Capital: The Art of Becoming a Better Listener — Tactical Advice for the Startup Setting

Author: Ximena Vengoechea

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🎯 Product

🎙 David J Bland and Jason Knight: Test Business Ideas Ethically by Experimenting With, Not On, Customers

In this podcast, David Bland delves into the need to balance discovery & delivery while establishing strong ethics of testing business ideas.

Source: 🎙 Test Business Ideas Ethically by Experimenting With, Not On, Customers

Authors: David J Bland and Jason Knight

📺 Jason Little: The Experimentation Mindset

In this episode of ‘That Change Show,’ Jason Little shares his approach to creating an experimentation mindset when the target organization values structure and process.

Source: 📺 The Experimentation Mindset

Author: Jason Little

(via Mind The Product): Don’t let your first PRD be your last

Adam Darcy cites a new survey on how PMs feel writing product requirements documents — an interesting look at the top-down world of product management, where the team is just executing what’s put in front of them.

Source: Mind The Product: Don’t let your first PRD be your last

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🛠 Tools & Measuring

Pim de Morree (via Corporate Rebels): Quiz: How Self-Managed Is Your Team?

Pim de Morree shares a simple test to get the discussion going: Where do we stand as a team?

Source: Corporate Rebels: Quiz: How Self-Managed Is Your Team?

Author: Pim de Morree

Itamar Gilad: Your Roadmap Isn’t Really a Road Map

Itamar Gilad explains why product roadmaps may be roads; however, they are no road maps.

Source: Your Roadmap Isn’t Really a Road Map

Author: Itamar Gilad

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