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We have been using OKRs for a while but it took a few rounds and reading The Team That Managed Itself to really understand how to stay aligned over the course of the quarter. We have two team meetings and each of them has a superpower activity that really helped us as a team.

  • Meeting 1: Monday Commitments
  • Superpower: OKR Confidence Level Poker
  • Meeting 2: End of Week Celebration
  • Superpower: Trophies for Team Mates

Don’t end up doing OKRs to set and forget, and don’t just let it be one person’s responsibility. …


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I have been in a rut, you might call it writer’s block if I was a writer. A creative slump. I haven’t posted anything but short-lived stories on my Instagram since March, my last Medium article was a repost of an interview I did ages ago and my LinkedIn posts and engagement have gone down considerably. I could beat myself up about it and look at all the productivity hacks and habits for billionaires or something like that, but I won’t. I refuse. I made it through this year and that in itself is a success.

I like to consider myself strong but let’s be real this year was hard. It flew by like it only had 3 months instead of 12 and yet I feel like I aged 3 years at the same time.


This interview was originally published February, 17th 2020 by Alexander Bock on LinkedIn under the title How to keep an open mind: There are no silver bullets and “it depends”​ — Lisa Mo Wagner’s perceptive view.

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In today’s interview we talk to Lisa Mo Wagner. As a Hidden Champion she provides amazing insights on product management, combining various fields for her exceptional work and perspective: a master design thinker with a growth hacker mindset, digital nomad and facilitator. She writes deeply inspiring articles combining her fields of expertise with a personal view and thus creating new perspectives.

Hi Lisa, hope you are doing fine. We have a little tradition on the way Hidden Champions like you introduce here, so here is my question for you: if you would be a city or a landscape, which one and why?


Remember that meeting that made you feel like this:

A panda can help you make yours 100 times better and here’s how.

First of all, before any meeting you should ask yourself: Could this meeting be an email? When in doubt, write an email and see if people ask for a follow up meeting. 9 times out of 10 they won’t.

If you do have a meeting, then have a meeting PANDA with you, because a) everyone loves pandas and b) everyone loves acronyms. That’s the law. Look it up.

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How to go from sad panda to happy panda in all your meetings!

P is for purpose. What is the purpose of this meeting. You can also think of it as the goal or the desired outcome. Include it into your invite so people can decide if they need to or want to join. It helps you craft a better agenda and facilitate the meeting with a clear focus. …


We plan quarterly. We use OKRs. It sounds easy, and it is not. There are so many things to keep in mind to create good and valuable objectives. They need to be outcome-focused, on that exactly right level, measurable, make sense to the team, align with business goals and strategy, keep the customer in mind, make employees happy and…

Here’s my recipe 👩‍🍳

  1. Make sure everyone is on the same page what OKRs are.
  2. Align everyone to the business.
  3. Decide on objectives and key results on a team level.

You can do these three things easily with my quarterly planning workshop using this helpful Mural template and yes, it is also very pretty! …


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We’ve all been in remote meetings now but what’s happening now is most likely new to you. We are all remote, all the time. That means you don’t spend time with your co-workers outside of meetings and those meetings are even worse now. Sounds about right, doesn’t it?

If there’s one thing I’ve learned during a few years of remote work as well as facilitation, you have to be 10x intentional when communicating. This means adding ways of communicating outside of meetings and fostering the human connection as well as stepping up your game in remote meetings and workshops. Here are my learnings. …


Are you working from home yet? If Covid-19 has taught us something it is that most jobs can be done remotely. I love the option of remote work and there’s a ton of videos and articles out there that can help you improve productivity, especially if you’re new to remote work and virtual meetings. One thing I haven’t seen a lot about is the human factor.

I like connecting with my co-workers on a more personal level, I like going to meetups and conferences to learn about the industry and I like meeting new people. …


I am a product manager, I love setting goals. What can I say?

I have read a lot of things on how to plan your life, how to be productive, how to form habits, new year’s resolutions, how to stick to them, you get the gist. But they all seemed kinda off, and, like a good diet, never really work.

So I started looking into even more ways to make time and be my best self. Literally, I read Make Time the book and learned about journaling on bestself.co — Two things I can recommend if you want to get deeper into what I am about to tell you. …


Need to get the dad joke out of the way, I cannot wait for next year’s review: Hindsight is 2020. Thanks, I’ll be here all day!

I have learned so much in 2019 with regards to product management and adjacent disciplines, my values, what is important to me at work, what I don’t want in a workplace, what great collaboration looks like, writing, hobbies, how to deal with rejection and how to contribute to “the” community.

Rejection and loss were a central theme for me in 2019. …


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I’ve had a design lead walk into a Design Sprint once and say “OMG, those notes are fantastic, I wanna start making something out of them right now!”

I knew I was onto something.

On day 1 during the Lightning Talks/Expert Interviews, your design sprint team members are asked to write down HMWs (How Might We’s). So who is gonna capture all the facts and data that your experts are giving you? You are, of course, silly!

In the book the facilitator might update the whiteboard (map, sprint questions) with new information from the expert interviews, in my experience, that is not quite enough. …

About

Lisa Mo Wagner

Product strategist, decision facilitator, team enabler, problem solver, design sprinter, agile enthusiast, intersectional feminist.

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