Food for Agile Thought #352: Team Topologies, CEOs and Product Leaders, Why Strategies Change
TL; DR: Team Topologies, CEOs and Product Leaders — Food for Agile Thought #352
Welcome to the 352nd edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 35,602 peers. This week, we revisit Team Topologies, Conway’s Law, and how you might influence an organization’s structure as a lone product manager. We also explore the essence of behavioral change and apply lessons from Tim Hartford’s Cautionary Tale “The South Pole Race: David and Goliath on Ice” to your failed agile transformation. Moreover, we try to understand what ‘dream teams’ or ‘tiger teams’ supposedly are.
Then, we delve into the delicate relationship between the CEO and the product leader of an organization, stressing the importance of building candor, trust, and communicating well. Also, we listen to Casey Winters sharing career advice for aspiring product managers, from communicating upward to de-risking meetings. Finally, John Cutler continues his quest to understand product strategy; this time is all about why it changes, from recency bias to sporadic research.
Finally, we follow Jake Burghardt delving into the usefulness of research repositories as internal learning tools, including practical suggestions on how to employ them, and we enjoy a new game to ‘illustrate essential aspects for collaboration and workflow improvements.’ Lastly, HBR points to a critical element of why ‘organizational transformations are prone to failure.’
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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Team Topologies
Shaw Li: How teams are organized will influences your product more than you might realize
Shaw Li revisits Team Topologies, Conway’s Law, and how you might influence an organization’s structure as a lone product manager.
Author: Shaw Li
➿ Agile & Scrum
(via Reforge): How to Build More Effective Teams
Tom Willerer and Kevin Bechtel share lessons learned on ‘dream teams’ or ‘tiger teams.’
🎙 Shane Parrish and Marshall Goldsmith (via Farnam Street (Shane Parrish)): The Essentials Of Leadership
Shane Parrish interviews Marshall Goldsmith, one of the world’s leading executive coaches, on the essence of behavioral change.
Karl Scotland: 3 Amazing Reasons Your Agile Transformation May Go South
Karl Scotland applies lessons from Tim Hartford’s Cautionary Tale “The South Pole Race: David and Goliath on Ice” to your agile transformation.
Author: Karl Scotland
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Ken Norton: CEOs and Product Leaders
Ken Norton delves into the delicate relationship between the CEO and the product leader of an organization, stressing the importance of building candor, trust, and communicating well.
Source: CEOs and Product Leaders
Author: Ken Norton
🎙 Casey Winters and Lenny Rachitsky: How to sell your ideas and rise within your company
Casey Winters shares career advice for aspiring product managers, from communicating upward to de-risking meetings.
John Cutler: Why Does Our Strategy Keep Changing?
John Cutler continues his quest to understand product strategy. Moreover, this time is all about why it changes, from recency bias to sporadic research.
Author: John Cutler
📯 Stakeholder Trust — Scrum Master Survival Guide
Trust is the beginning of everything. I am hesitant to recycle an old slogan of a banking institute. However, in the context of becoming a learning organization and embracing business agility, it condenses the main challenge perfectly: How shall we convince the incumbents with vested interests in the status quo to give the new way of working the benefit of the doubt? Join me and delve into how distrust manifests and what we can do to earn stakeholder trust.
Learn more: Stakeholder Trust
🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring
Jake Burghardt (via Team ReOps): Activating insights to overcome common barriers to product impact
Jake Burghardt delves into the usefulness of research repositories as internal learning tools, including practical suggestions on how to employ them.
Author: Jake Burghardt
Paulo Caroli: The WIP Drinking Game
Paulo Caroli presents a new game to ‘illustrate essential aspects for collaboration and workflow improvements.’
Source: The WIP Drinking Game
Author: Paulo Caroli
✂️ Cutting Room Floor
(via Harvard Business Review): Organizational Transformation Is an Emotional Journey
Andrew White, Michael Smets, and Adam Canwell point to a critical element of why ‘organizational transformations are prone to failure.’
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