TL; DR: Enabling Great Work, The Better Listener — Food for Agile Thought #326
Welcome to the 326th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 34,017 peers. This week, we point out the patterns enabling great work. We also reflect on the essential pre-requisite of a high-performing team: Team members ‘feel free to express their questions, concerns, ideas, and mistakes,’ and we suggest building our listening mindset to escape the ‘surface listening’ trap.
We then delve into the need to balance discovery & delivery while establishing strong ethics of testing business ideas and share an approach to creating an experimentation mindset when the target organization values structure and process. Moreover, we have an interesting look at the top-down world of product management, where the team is just executing what’s put in front of them.
Lastly, we explain why product roadmaps may be roads; however, they are no road maps, and we try a simple quiz to get the self-management discussion going: Where do we stand as a team?
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🏆 The Tip of the Week
Esther Derby points out the importance of “Clarity, Conditions, and Constraints” to build healthy environments enabling great work.
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(via InfoQ): Creating Psychological Safety in Your Teams
Mehmet Baha reflects on the essential pre-requisite of a high-performing team: Team members ‘feel free to express their questions, concerns, ideas, and mistakes.’
Stanford Social Innovation): Fostering Self-Organization(via
David Ehrlichman shares an excerpt from his book ‘Impact Networks’ on ‘four key principles to realize the immense potential of collaborative and purpose-driven networks.’
First Round Capital): The Art of Becoming a Better Listener — Tactical Advice for the Startup Setting(via
Ximena Vengoechea suggests building our listening mindset to escape the ‘surface listening’ trap.
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🎙 Test Business Ideas Ethically by Experimenting With, Not On, Customersand :
In this podcast, David Bland delves into the need to balance discovery & delivery while establishing strong ethics of testing business ideas.
📺 The Experimentation Mindset:
In this episode of ‘That Change Show,’ Jason Little shares his approach to creating an experimentation mindset when the target organization values structure and process.
(via Mind The Product): Don’t let your first PRD be your last
Adam Darcy cites a new survey on how PMs feel writing product requirements documents—an interesting look at the top-down world of product management, where the team is just executing what’s put in front of them.
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🛠 Tools & Measuring
Corporate Rebels): Quiz: How Self-Managed Is Your Team?(via
Pim de Morree shares a simple test to get the discussion going: Where do we stand as a team?
Your Roadmap Isn’t Really a Road Map:
Itamar Gilad explains why product roadmaps may be roads; however, they are no road maps.
✂️ Cutting Room Floor
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