Food for Agile Thought #360: How Minds Change, Think Big & Work Small, Grassroots Movements, Elements of Agile Assessment

TL; DR: How Minds Change, Think Big & Work Small — Food for Agile Thought #360

Welcome to the 360th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 35,907 peers. This week, we have a fantastic interview with David McRaney on how minds change, rationalization, and belief. (If you are coaching other people, you should listen.) Also, we learn how teams can “experiment and learn, develop new markets, [and] outmaneuver the competition,” and we reflect on who may likely get ahead when encountering an impediment. Switching perspectives, we delve into the “best way to kill a grassroots movement at your company” and how to help it flourish instead.

Then, we point to the necessary “changes to how the product teams need to interact with customers” when an organization abandons a sales-driven approach, and Roman Pichler details his product model, from product vision to Product Backlog, including four artifacts and two templates. Moreover, we reflect on the perils of Think Small and Work Big, Think Big, Work Big, and Think Small, Work Small, and link mental models to building products, from Parkinson’s Law of Triviality to Conway’s Law to the Pareto Principle.

Finally, Mike Cohn shares a free assessment tool for your team’s mastery of 20 essential elements of a successful transformation. Also, we advocate using anti-personas to “help anticipate how products can be misused in ways that can harm users and the business.” Lastly, Phil Mistry tells the incredible story of an invention ahead of its time in a classic case of an innovator’s dilemma: How Steve Sasson invented Kodak’s digital camera!

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: How Minds Change

Russ Roberts and David McRaney (via Econlib): 🎙 David McRaney on How Minds Change

Russ Roberts interviews David McRaney on the psychology of change, rationalization, and belief.

➿ Agile & Scrum

James Shore, Mary Poppendieck and Tom Poppendieck: 📺 Optimizing Outcomes

James Shore, Mary Poppendieck, and Tom Poppendieck discuss how teams can “experiment and learn, develop new markets, [and] outmaneuver the competition.”

John Cutler: Drivers vs. Fixers

John Cutler reflects on who may likely get ahead when encountering an impediment—drivers or fixers—and why we need a balance between both.

Viktor Cessan: Grassroots movements at work: How management interventions affect agency

Viktor Cessan delves into the “best way to kill a grassroots movement at your company” and how to help it flourish instead.

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Marty Cagan (via Silicon Valley Product Group): Pledge To Customers

Marty Cagan points to the necessary “changes to how the product teams need to interact with customers” when an organization abandons a sales-driven approach.

Roman Pichler: My Product Strategy Model

Roman Pichler details his model, from product vision to Product Backlog, including four artifacts and two templates.

Jason Yip (via Medium): Guiding principle: Think Big, Work Small

Jason Yip reflects on the perils of Think Small and Work Big, Think Big, Work Big, and Think Small, Work Small.

Brian Bassett (via Simple Thread): Applying Mental Models to Building Digital Products

Brian Bassett links mental models to building products, from Parkinson’s Law of Triviality to Conway’s Law to the Pareto Principle.

📯 The Product Backlog: 14 First Principles to Help Your Scrum Team Succeed

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🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring

Mike Cohn: Elements of Agile: An Agile Assessment Tool for Iterative Improvements

Mike Cohn shares a free assessment tool for your team’s mastery of 20 essential elements of a successful transformation.

Itamar Gilad: Dealing with Top-Down Projects

Itamar Gilad suggests using the GIST framework—Goals, Ideas, Steps, Tasks—next time a manager imposes an output goal.

Jeff Gothelf: The Truth Curve

Jeff Gothelf utilizes a simple visualization technique to determine where and when to spend on experimentation.

(via Nielsen Norman Group): Antipersonas: What, How, Who, and Why?

Sara Ramaswamy advocates using anti-personas to “help anticipate how products can be misused in ways that can harm users and the business.”

🎶 Encore

(via PetaPixel): How Steve Sasson Invented the Digital Camera

Phil Mistry tells the incredible story of an invention ahead of its time in a classic case of an innovator’s dilemma.


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