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TL; DR: Dysfunction Mapping — Food for Agile Thought #405

Welcome to the 405th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 48,416 peers. This week, we delve into Maarten Dalmijn’s introduction of “Dysfunction Mapping” to address organizational complexities, explore the principles behind Jeff Bezos’ success as dissected by Jason Evanish, and learn about the emotional roots of resistance to change with insights from David Burkus. Additionally, Miss_HayaX reflects on the prevalent use of Scrum in technical projects and explores when teams might consider alternatives.

Then, we discover Peter Yang’s valuable insights on acing behavioral interviews for PM candidates, explore what Deb Liu learns from the 1960s Milgram experiment about requests, and dive into Lenny Rachitsky’s comprehensive playbook for kickstarting and scaling B2B businesses.

Finally, we explore Tim Metz’s advocacy for essential “team health checks,” delve into Christoph Roser’s insights into the “soft power” of the Toyota Production System, unravel Kim Scott’s reflections on the misconceptions surrounding Radical Candor, and find out about a precarious alternative approach to Product Backlog refinement.

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Dysfunction Mapping

Maarten Dalmijn: A Gentle Introduction to Dysfunction Mapping

Maarten Dalmijn emphasizes that all organizations face problems, and the real challenge is viewing these problems from a system’s perspective, introducing the concept of “Dysfunction Mapping” to address organizational complexities.

🍋 Lemon of the Week

(via Leading Agile): How to Create a Definition of Ready

The protagonists promote a dangerous alternative to deal with a non-issue if a team values and practices proper Product Backlog refinement.

➿ Agile & Scrum

Jason Evanish (via Get Lighthouse): Jeff Bezos’ Leadership Style: 5 Powerful Principles to Apply

Jason Evanish explores Jeff Bezos’ leadership style, highlighting the five principles that helped him build one of the world’s most valuable companies.

David Burkus: How To Overcome Resistance To Change

David Burkus explores the emotional reasons behind employee resistance to organizational change rather than the change itself, suggesting the need to address underlying emotions.

(via Reddit): At what point does a team reach the ‘tipping point’ where following Scrum becomes a burden rather than an asset?

Miss_HayaX highlights the prevalence of Scrum in technical project development, reflecting on various experiences and asking when a team should consider alternatives to Scrum.

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Peter Yang: 10 Advanced Tips to Ace Your PM Behavioral Interviews

Peter Yang shares insights from interviewing hundreds of PM candidates, revealing that behavioral interviews often determine the outcome, sharing ten advanced tips to excel and avoid common mistakes.

Lenny Rachitsky: How the most successful B2B startups came up with their original idea

Lenny Rachitsky announces an in-depth playbook for starting and scaling a B2B business based on interviews with successful B2B companies.

Deb Liu: The Dark Side of Influence: Understanding the Power of Requests

Deb Liu reflects on what the 1960s Milgram experiment can teach us about asking and being asked.

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🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring

Tim Metz (via Parabol Focus): 9 Team Health Check Methods To Unlock Team Potential

Tim Metz emphasizes the importance of “team health checks” in the workplace, likening them to a doctor’s visit for warning signs like burnout or productivity dips.

Christoph Roser: The Soft Power of the Toyota Production System—Yokoten, Nemawashi, and More

Christoph Roser delves into the “soft power” of the Toyota Production System, contrasting it with the “hard power” prevalent in Western companies.

Kim Scott (via Medium): Brutal Honesty and Radical Candor: 6 Ways You’re Getting Radical Candor Wrong and 6 Ways to Get It Right

Kim Scott reflects on the misunderstandings surrounding Radical Candor, a concept often mislabeled as brutal honesty or a license to be rude.

🎶 Encore

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