Food for Agile Thought #305: Coaching Executive Mindsets, Accountability vs. Responsibility, Why Finding Insights Is So Painful, Big Project Syndrome

TL; DR: Coaching Executive Mindsets, Big Project Syndrome — Food for Agile Thought #305

Welcome to the 305th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 32,803 peers. This week, we delve into coaching executive mindsets; we are getting into the zone with the Agile Fluency Model, and we reflect on the difference between accountability and responsibility and how to avoid confusing them.

We then come back to a familiar and highly destructive leadership pattern: turning big ideas into similar-sized projects. Moreover, we point at common analytics problems and how product teams can measure success more effectively, and we mention that output metrics are an obsolete and counterproductive way of measuring human impact in a world of knowledge.

Lastly, we delve into practical aspects of reinventing organizations, from resilience to socio-technical systems to the power of visualization.

Food for Agile Thought #305: Coaching Executive Mindsets, Accountability vs. Responsibility, Why Finding Insights Is So Painful, Big Project Syndrome — Age-of-Product.com

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Daniel Stillman and Jeff Gothelf: 🎙 Coaching Executive Mindsets

Daniel Stillman interviews ‘Lean UX’ co-author Jeff Gothelf on his path and some of the ‘most powerful questions he asks leaders to shift their mindsets and thinking.’

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James Shore (via Cambermast): 🎙 Getting in the agile zone with the fluency model

Bill Raymond interviews James Shore on the Agile Fluency Model, which helps better understand the cultural change in organizations that aspire to become agile.

Michael Sahota: Accountability vs Responsibility: What’s the Difference?

Michael Sahota reflects on the difference between these two concepts and how to avoid confusing them.

(via Intercom): Shipping fast and safe: Building a culture of low-risk learning

Kesha Mykhailov shares tips on how to enable product engineers to learn from the production environment safely.

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Itamar Gilad: The Big Project Syndrome

Itamar Gilad delves into a familiar and highly destructive leadership pattern: turning big ideas into similar-sized projects.

Rich Mironov and Rachel Obstler (via Heap): 🎙 Product Therapy: Why Finding Insights Is So Painful (and What You Can Do About)

In this podcast, Rich Mironov points at common analytics pain points and how product teams can measure success more effectively.

(via Commonplace – The Commoncog Blog): John Cutler’s Product Org Expertise

Cedric Chin applies ACTA — “applied cognitive task analysis” — to analyze John Cutler’s super-power: figuring out system dynamics of an organization by talking to a few people.

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🛠 Tools & Measuring

Dominic Price (via Atlassian): The problem with productivity metrics

Dominic Price states that output metrics are an obsolete and counterproductive way of measuring human impact in a world of knowledge.

Tiani Jones and Jurriaan Kamer (via YouTube): 📺 Reinventing Organizations: OS Canvas 2.0

In this video, Tiani Jones and Jurriaan Kamer delve into practical aspects of reinventing organizations, from socio-technical systems to the power of visualization.

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