I am appalled by the situation in Ukraine. It is horrendous to see so many people in pain, trouble and even dying. I sincerely hope this will stop very soon, but I fear otherwise. For this week I’m going to find a way to support the people from Ukraine, but also try to become news-resilient.
🔎 What I’ve been reading last week
Company culture is a harder hurdle to clear than any technical problem.
Randy Bean offers three principles to help companies achieve their goals.
Transforming an organization starts with transforming its leaders. Data from 1,700 executives by Linda Hill and colleagues reveals the most important skills and traits leaders need now. For example:
Leaders need to learn to experiment, iterate, and pivot themselves if their organizations are going to be able to thrive. In order to get comfortable with the inevitable missteps and unconfirmed hypotheses of experimentation, leaders need a new attitude toward risk.
March 28, the third cohort of the ‘accelerating innovation with A/B testing’ class starts. Ronny Kohavi will teach you everything he knows about A/B testing in 5 two hour sessions. Subscribe via this link and you will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.
John Cutler on what sets healthy, data-informed product teams apart.
Experiments “fail” as often as they succeed. While not everyone’s favorite moment, it also isn’t frowned upon or shunned. A team that succeeds all the time is either lying to themselves, or playing it far too safe.
Another gem by John Cutler. Especially helpful when you are in the phase of setting new OKRs for next quarter.
Post by Andrew Hon (PM for the experimentation platform at Tinder) on the value of A/B testing.
7. Salesforce's no-meetings experiment
From execs to individual contributors, Salesforce encouraged everyone to cancel all meetings for a full week. Here’s what happened.
… requires creating an environment where adapting ways of working to improve our experimentation culture feels empowering, rather than uncomfortable, in a diverse team with different disciplines and varying levels of knowledge.
Interview with economist John List on the Freakonomics podcast about his new book: The Voltage Effect.
He teaches us how to avoid false positives, how to know whether a given success is due to the chef or the ingredients, and how to practice “optimal quitting.”
🚀 Job opportunities
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📅 Upcoming events
Upcoming events in the next three months:
- MeasureCamp North America (Feb 26, virtual)
- Flagship 2022 (Mar 9-10, virtual)
- Conversionboost (Mar 15, Copenhagen)
- Accelerating Innovation with A/B Testing (Mar 28, virtual)
- Emerce Conversion (Apr 21, Amsterdam)
- Experimentation Elite (Apr 27, London)
See the full overview of events to find 15+ other events and conferences for you and your team.
💬 Quote of the week
“Reward worthy failure. Experimentation.” — Bill Gates
😉 Fun of the week
Do you see what is missing? [via John Biasi]
☕ Thanks for reading
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