TL; DR: Fixing Toxic Cultures — Food for Agile Thought #365
Welcome to the 365th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 36,117 peers. This week, we dive into the research on toxicity in the workplace and point to three means of fixing toxic cultures, from leadership to social norms to work design. Also, we detail how to collaborate with challenging people you need to include in your work and argue that principally ruling out discussions on productivity leads in the wrong direction. Additionally, we reflect on critical techniques for any transformation: learning, unlearning, and changing the habits of participants and stakeholders.
Then, we appreciate Lenny Rachitsky’s visualization of the hierarchy of goals in product management, and we share tips & tricks to start or grow your Product CoP, from starting at a minimum viable level to formalizing the CoP to expanding the community management team. Moreover, Janna Bastow shares how the unsuitedness of timeline roadmaps—based on deadlines—helped her design her approach to outcome-based planning.
Finally, we check out a new tool to “help facilitate your thinking when taking new products or ideas to market.” Also, we share a free ebook on identifying what is worth building, from involving your team members to communicating your research results with stakeholders, and we point to six critical elements of successful user journey mapping, from the business goal to mapping a specific user’s experience.
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(via MIT Sloan Management Review): How to Fix a Toxic Culture
In this essay, Donald Sull and Charles Sull dive into the research on toxicity in the workplace and point to three means of fixing toxic cultures, from leadership to social norms to work design.
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Medium): How to work with difficult stakeholders(via
Neil Turner details how to collaborate with challenging people you need to include in your work, from the power-interest matrix to RACI to sharing your work.
Some reasons to work on productivity and velocity:
Dan Luu argues that principally ruling out discussions on productivity leads in the wrong direction.
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Mission → Vision → Strategy → Goals → Roadmap → Task:
Lenny Rachitsky visualizes his approach to the hierarchy of goals in product management.
ProdPad): Why I Invented the Now/Next/Later Roadmap(via
Janna Bastow shares how the unsuitedness of timeline roadmaps—based on deadlines—helped her design her approach to outcome-based planning.
Want to Launch or Mature Your Product Community of Practice? Start Here!:
Petra Wille shares tips & tricks to start or grow your Product CoP, from starting at a minimum viable level to formalizing the CoP to expanding the community management team.
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Product Coalition): 🛠 Product Go-to-Market (GTM) Canvas: Define How You Take New Ideas to Market(via
Anthony Murphy shares a new tool to “help facilitate your thinking when taking new products or ideas to market.”
📖 A Beginner’s Guide to Finding User Needs:
Jan Dittrich shares a free ebook on identifying what is worth building, from involving your team members to communicating your research results with stakeholders.
UX Planet): 📺 User journey map: 6 things to remember when doing user journey mapping(via
Nick Babich points to six critical elements of successful user journey mapping, from the business goal to mapping a specific user's experience.
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