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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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.
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(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.
🎙 Mary and Tom Poppendieck: How to Keep Your Team Together in the Age of Great Resignationand :
Richard Kasperowski interviews Mary and Tom Poppendieck on what you can do to keep your team together in this challenging time.
Simple Thread): Agile Principles: Go Together(via
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.
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ProdPad): The Culture Formula(via
Janna Bastow delves into the magic math behind an organizational culture where innovation thrives.
codica): Proof of Concept vs MVP: How to Create a Successful Product(via
Dmitry Chekalin delves into the differences between a PoC, a prototype, and an MVP, suggesting when to use what.
(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.
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🛠 Tools & Measuring
Medium): You Are Using the ‘5 Whys’ Wrong. Here’s How to Improve.(via
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.
8 Agile Games to Win at Work:
Michael Sahota shares eight games to hack your culture to unlock high performance.
Medium): The JTBD Market Definition Canvas(via
Tony Ulwick shares a new canvas for the jobs-to-be-done framework to help you avoid unnecessary pivoting and churn.
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