Food for Agile Thought #323: Fortress Agile, The Technical PM, Why We Behave the Way We Do, Influence Mapping & Product Mindset

TL; DR: Fortress Agile, The Technical PM — Food for Agile Thought #323

Welcome to the 323rd edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 33,816 peers. This week, we share practical tips for the Fortress Agile on caring for the humans in your team when the organization is less agile than we would need it to be. Additionally, we share Charlie Munger’s magnum opus on why we behave the way we do, and we point to an observation that failure cultures focus on delivering things instead of value.

We then provide five highly actionable tips on becoming a more technical product manager. Moreover, we share successful product-led development patterns, and we ask: Do You Have a Product Mindset?

Lastly, we appreciate the first of a series of articles on becoming good at influence mapping, and we point at the elephant in the room: What if — despite all efforts — customer behavior isn’t moving in the right direction?

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🏆 The Tip of the Week

Cheryl Hammond and Heidi Musser (via Agile Alliance): 📺 Fortress Agile: Nurturing and Growing Healthy Practices in a Hostile Environment

In this video from the Agile MiniCon, Cheryl Hammond and Heidi Musser share practical tips on caring for the humans in your team when the organization is less agile than we would need it to be.

➿ Agile & Scrum

(via Farnam Street): Psychology of Human Misjudgment (Transcript) by Charlie Munger

Farnam Street shares Charlie Munger’s magnum opus on why we behave the way we do.

Jon Fazzaro (via Industrial Logic): The Simplest Thing That Could Possibly Work

Jon Fazzaro provides food for thought on agility.

Chris Matts: Failureship Deliver Things instead of Value

Chris Matts points to an observation that failure cultures focus on delivering things instead of value.

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Lenny Rachitsky: The Top 5 Things PMs Should Know about Engineering

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Martin Alaimo and Kevin Stevens (via Agile Alliance): 📺 Product-led Agility: Moving beyond Feature Delivery to Define Success

In this video from the Agile MiniCon, Martin Alaimo and Kevin Stevens share successful product-led development patterns.

Marc Abraham: Do You Have a Product Mindset?

Marc Abraham shares four critical elements of a product mindset, from customer (centricity) to creativity.

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🛠 Tools & Measuring

Charles Lambdin: Influence Mapping (Part 1)

Charles Lambdin published the first of a series of articles on becoming good at influence mapping.

Jeff Gothelf: What if Your OKRs Are Wrong?

Jeff Gothelf points at the elephant in the room: What if — despite all efforts — customer behavior isn’t moving in the right direction?

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