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Food for Agile Thought #310: Necessity of Leadership Engagement, OKRs in PM—A Practical Guide, Walking the Board, 15 Behaviors of Effective Teams

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: Executive 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.

➿ Agile & Scrum

Jason Estey (via Medium): A Different Kind of Daily Scrum

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.

Nikhyl Singhal: 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.

Ted Rau (via Sociocracy For All): Sociocracy in Small Groups

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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🎯 Product

John Cutler: 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.

Jason Evanish: 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.

Roman Pichler (via Medium): Three Qualities of Great Product Roadmaps

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.

Watch now: Adapt How You Lead for Agile Success — Johanna Rothman at the Agile Camp Berlin 2021.

🛠 Tools & Measuring

Paulo Caroli: 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.

Tim Herbig: 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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Stefan Wolpers: Stefan—based in Berlin, Germany—has been working for 14-plus years as an agile coach, Scrum Master, and Product Owner. He is a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with Scrum.org. He has developed B2C as well as B2B software, for startups as well as corporations, including a former Google subsidiary. Stefan curates the ‘Food for Agile Thought’ newsletter and organizes the Agile Camp Berlin, a Barcamp for coaches and other agile practitioners.
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