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Understanding Empowered Teams and how they function
by Marty Cagan
Three critical differences between the strongest product companies and the rest:
In traditional organisations, Feature Teams focus on features and projects (output), and as such are not empowered or held accountable to results.
Empowered teams are given problems to solve, rather than features to build. Empowered Product teams create solutions that are:
Collaboration is at the heart of how strong product teams work. It's a combination of skills and mindset, and it often takes active coaching by the manager to help new product people develop this capability.
Characteristics of strong product teams:
To empower, decisions are pushed down to the product team level.
Three Snaky rules of Decision Making:
For product leaders, the product team is the product.
Leadership is about recognizing that there's greatness in everyone, and your job is to create an environment where that greatness can emerge. People look to leadership for inspiration and we look to management for execution.
The litmus test for empowerment is that the team is able to decide the best way to solve the problems they have been as...
Leaders must focus on:
The Purpose - The primary purpose is to help the product person develop and improve.
The Relationship - This is a relationship that depends on trust.
The Frequency - Should be no less than 30 minutes, once per week, and is sacred and ...
A product organization's team topology answers questions such as:
If the company is still using feature teams, as most unfortunately are, then the OKR technique is going to be a cultural mismatch, and almost certainly prove a waste of time and effort.
In the vast majority of companies that are struggling to value out of OKRs, the role of leadership is la...
You need to move your product organization from a subservient model to a collaborative model.
Four focus areas:
Three steps to be...
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The author argues that the traditional autocratic leadership model does not work for innovative businesses. Instead, innovation requires a different type of leader that can foster a stimulating and supportive working environment.
by Linda A. Hill, Greg Brandeau, Emily Truelove, Kent Lineback
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