Food for Agile Thought #267: Psychopaths and Narcissists, Get Your Brain Back, Paradoxes of Product Management, Experiment Pitfalls

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.”

Food for Agile Thought #267: Psychopaths and Narcissists, Get Your Brain Back, Paradoxes of Product Management, Experiment Pitfalls — Age-of-Product.com

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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.

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.

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.

Mark Graban and Mary Poppendieck: 🎙 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

Ant 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.

(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.

📯 20 Questions from New Scrum Master to the Development Team

From Scrum Master to Development Team members, this set of questions addresses the foundations of a Scrum Team capability to build valuable products: technical excellence and what it takes to achieve this proficiency level. The questions have been modeled after some basic principles that high performing teams have in common—from keeping technical debt at bay to collaboratively creating a Product Backlog.

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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #266: Popular Component Teams, Team Morale in WFH Times, Roadmaps Are Dead, Experimentation at Spotify.

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