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
Econlib): 🎙 David McRaney on How Minds Changeand (via
Russ Roberts interviews David McRaney on the psychology of change, rationalization, and belief.
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📺 Optimizing Outcomesand :
James Shore, Mary Poppendieck, and Tom Poppendieck discuss how teams can “experiment and learn, develop new markets, [and] outmaneuver the competition.”
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.
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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Silicon Valley Product Group): Pledge To Customers(via
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.
My Product Strategy Model:
Roman Pichler details his model, from product vision to Product Backlog, including four artifacts and two templates.
Medium): Guiding principle: Think Big, Work Small(via
Jason Yip reflects on the perils of Think Small and Work Big, Think Big, Work Big, and Think Small, Work Small.
Simple Thread): Applying Mental Models to Building Digital Products(via
Brian Bassett links mental models to building products, from Parkinson’s Law of Triviality to Conway’s Law to the Pareto Principle.
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🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring
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.
Dealing with Top-Down Projects:
Itamar Gilad suggests using the GIST framework—Goals, Ideas, Steps, Tasks—next time a manager imposes an output goal.
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.”
(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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