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Experience, Learn, Use — How to Spark Change

Here’s a story about change. I am not saying this was me, but I am also not saying I didn’t have anything to do with it at all:

Experience

It’s great to talk about #NewWork blog posts or the super cool book you read with your co-workers. If you’re lucky, they get as excited as you about it. Most of the time they’ll just nod agreement and then continue business as usual. So how do you get them on your side?

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Once people have experienced the benefits of one new way of working, it’s so much easier to convince them to try another new way of working. You can spread all the cool new stuff, like a disease, but, um, like a good one. Still working on my metaphor game!

Learn

Naturally, every PM is born knowing all these cool things and will continue down their chosen path as soon as they enter the workforce.

  • Business Model Canvas – If you haven’t heard of this one you’re either very new to this or you’ve been living under a rock. No offence.
  • Design Sprint – This really feels like a power tool! You get to take a peek into the future within a week and without spending all the budget. Pretty neat, eh?
  • Product Definition Canvas – A Great Canvas to define a new product or a bigger upcoming initiative in a half-day workshop, you need some other information in advance.
  • Value Proposition Canvas – Understand your customers, their pains and gains and how your products and services cater to them. Honestly, if you do not know this about your customer, you can only accidentally build a successful product.
  • This is only a small selection, there are tons of cool frameworks and tools out there, Google all the things and find the stuff that excites and potentially helps you!

Use

You can only learn so much by reading or through courses. You also gotta do it.

„To learn and not to do is really not to learn. To know and not to do is really not to know.“ ~ Stephen Covey

I have made this experience with Design Sprints as mentioned in the beginning, also with implementing Scrum or updating team norms and processes in a newly merged team, and plenty of smaller changes. These three steps have not failed me so far.

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

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