TL; DR: The Necessity of Leadership Engagement, OKRs in PM — Food for Agile Thought #310
Welcome to the 310th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 33,061 peers. This week, we delve into the necessity of leadership engagement to make change happen. We also show a way out of the ‘answering three questions’ mode for your Daily Scrum, and we ask: Can you take self-management to new heights even within a small organization of 7-8 people?
We then characterize traits of high-performing product teams, from healthy skepticism to experimentation to dealing with uncertainty. Moreover, we delve into improving the relationship between the product folks and business stakeholders within your organization in a mutually beneficial way, and we point at three first principles of valuable roadmaps, an excellent primer for stakeholders outside a product team.
Lastly, we share a free Excel-based tool for organizations that aspire to excel at software delivery practices to improve value creation, as well as a valuable guide to help you apply OKRs when you’re working in product management.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Leadership Engagement
Marty Cagan lists all the major cultural and behavioral changes that the leadership of an organization needs to support if moving to the empowered product-team model shall become a reality.
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Medium): A Different Kind of Daily Scrum(via
If you are still stuck in the ‘answering three questions’ mode for your Daily Scrum, this article by John Estey on walking the board will help you move beyond it.
What needs to change? That’s easy. How and when is the hard part.:
Nikhyl Singhal identifies four critical elements of successful change in organizations, from alignment on the problem to solve to a sense of urgency among the stakeholders.
Sociocracy For All): Sociocracy in Small Groups(via
Can you take self-management to new heights even within a small organization of 7-8 people? Ted Rau shares how to go about it.
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15 Behaviors of Healthy, Data-Informed Teams:
In this article, John Cutler characterizes traits of high-performing product teams, from healthy skepticism to experimentation to dealing with uncertainty.
How PMs can Master Stakeholder Management to Build Better Products & Win Together:
Jason Evanish delves into improving the relationship between the product folks and business stakeholders within your organization in a mutually beneficial way.
Medium): Three Qualities of Great Product Roadmaps(via
In this article, Roman Pichler points at three first principles of valuable roadmaps, an excellent primer for stakeholders outside a product team.
📯 Adapt How You Lead for Agile Success — Johanna Rothman at the Agile Camp Berlin 2021
Too many people say, “With agile, we don’t need no stinkin’ managers.” However, because managers create and refine the culture, modern managers create and refine the agile culture. Without modern management, any agile initiative will die. It’s time to invite managers to change their behaviors and create a real agile culture.
Learn from Johann Rothman how to adapt your leadership style for agile success as a manager in an agile organization in this 54-minute long video from the Agile Camp Berlin 2021.
🛠 Tools & Measuring
Continuous Delivery Assessment:
Paulo Caroli shares a free Excel-based tool for organizations that aspire to excel at software delivery practices to improve value creation.
A Practical Guide to using Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) in Product Management:
Tim Herbig provides a valuable guide to help you apply OKRs when you’re working in product management.
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