Best of PPM: June 2021

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Ending the first half of 2021 with mutiple interesting topics that guides you into reducing risk, managing change, how to become a great product manager and many more.


How to reduce the risk of colliding change initiatives. Most prescriptions for organizational change have focused on how to launch a single change initiative. But the challenges of coping with dynamic markets, global crises, and advancing technologies are forcing organizations to transform quickly, which can require multiple, simultaneous efforts on several fronts. (7 min read)

Why companies must embrace microservices and modular thinking. Companies that embrace remote work — which is here to stay — can also drastically reduce their coordination costs through modular organization. Traditional business processes — whether financial, legal, or HR-related — can turn into microservices. That’s how a monolithic, highly interdependent organization turns into a modular one. (9 min read)

Why do innovation outposts fail? Innovation outposts open different avenues to help multinational companies transform, but they need the right support at headquarters, equipped with business units to embrace the new ideas they bring in. (5 min read)

What it takes to run a great hybrid meeting. Eight best practices to help make your hybrid meetings more effective. (9 min read)

Amplifying your colleagues’ voices benefits everyone. Three studies involving more than 2,760 participants in the U.S. showed that amplification can accomplish three important things: Make someone else’s contribution seem better, make the amplifier (the person doing the amplifying) look good as well, and help underrepresented voices be heard. (9 min read)

Why people lie at work — and what to do about it. Being faced with an employee who bends the truth or lies outright is a tough managerial situation to be in. In this article, Liz Kislik describes the three most typical motivations for employee lying based on decades of consulting — and tips for what to do about them. (7 min read)

Who is to say that the way you originally learned something is the best way? James Clear explains how Shoshin (a zen technique) can help us let go of old assumptions and rediscover our "beginner's mind". (6 min read)

How the availability heuristic skews our perception of risk. Farnam Street breaks down how this very common mental bias affects our perception of the world, and offers five ways of mitigating it (especially when making important decisions). (11 min read)

PM 101: Working with Engineers. In his series about things he wished he had known when starting as a product manager, Jens-Fabian Goetzmann shares six tips on how to effectively collaborate with engineers. (9 min read)

The MBA Pathology. Or how some learnings from MBA programs need to be unlearned to make great product managers, and great products. (12 min read)


“The pursuit of operational effectiveness is seductive because it is concrete and actionable. Caught up in the race for operational effectiveness, many managers simply do not understand the need to have a strategy.

— Dr. Michael E. Porter
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