TL; DR: Fortress Agile, The Technical PM — Food for Agile Thought #323
Welcome to the 323rd edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 33,816 peers. This week, we share practical tips for the Fortress Agile on caring for the humans in your team when the organization is less agile than we would need it to be. Additionally, we share Charlie Munger’s magnum opus on why we behave the way we do, and we point to an observation that failure cultures focus on delivering things instead of value.
We then provide five highly actionable tips on becoming a more technical product manager. Moreover, we share successful product-led development patterns, and we ask: Do You Have a Product Mindset?
Lastly, we appreciate the first of a series of articles on becoming good at influence mapping, and we point at the elephant in the room: What if — despite all efforts — customer behavior isn’t moving in the right direction?
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In this video from the Agile MiniCon, Cheryl Hammond and Heidi Musser share practical tips on caring for the humans in your team when the organization is less agile than we would need it to be.
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(via Farnam Street): Psychology of Human Misjudgment (Transcript) by Charlie Munger
Farnam Street shares Charlie Munger’s magnum opus on why we behave the way we do.
Industrial Logic): The Simplest Thing That Could Possibly Work(via
Jon Fazzaro provides food for thought on agility.
Failureship Deliver Things instead of Value:
Chris Matts points to an observation that failure cultures focus on delivering things instead of value.
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The Top 5 Things PMs Should Know about Engineering:
Justin Gage shares highly actionable tips on becoming a more technical product manager in this guest post.
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In this video from the Agile MiniCon, Martin Alaimo and Kevin Stevens share successful product-led development patterns.
Do You Have a Product Mindset?:
Marc Abraham shares four critical elements of a product mindset, from customer (centricity) to creativity.
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🛠 Tools & Measuring
Influence Mapping (Part 1):
Charles Lambdin published the first of a series of articles on becoming good at influence mapping.
What if Your OKRs Are Wrong?:
Jeff Gothelf points at the elephant in the room: What if — despite all efforts — customer behavior isn’t moving in the right direction?
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(via nature): Conference Demographics and Footprint Changed by Virtual Platforms
Nature shares study results pointing at the advantages of virtual scientific and engineering conferences regarding improving diversity, equity, and inclusion.
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