TL; DR: Tech Revolutions, Benefits of Negative Feedback — Food for Agile Thought #314
Welcome to the 314th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 33,281 peers. This week, we offer a summary of Carlota Perez’s 2002 book ‘Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital;’ a must-read to understand innovation and disruption. We also share free cards and games to help Scrum teams get better at using Scrum to its full potential, and we explain the critical importance of pre-mortems for unearthing unknown unknowns regularly.
We then refer to Elon Musk and the importance of welcoming negative feedback, whether some egos are bruised in the process or not, and listen to an interview with Ash Maurya — Mr. Lean Canvas — on enabling continuous improvement innovation. Moreover, we introduce the subtleties of learning when practicing user interviews, from the basics to common mistakes, providing a guide to improve your interviewing skills.
Lastly, we share a list of free innovation tools, from the ‘Innovation Maturity Assessment’ to the ‘Eight I’s of Infinite Innovation,’ and we delve into the most common mistakes made when gathering data from agile teams by employing surveys and how to avoid them.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week
The Stratechery): The Death and Birth of Technological Revolutions(via
Ben Thompson condenses Carlota Perez’s 2002 book ‘Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital;’ a must-read to understand innovation and disruption.
➿ Agile & Scrum
(via InfoQ): Better Scrum Through Essence
Ian Spence shares free cards and games to help Scrum teams get better at using Scrum to its full potential.
(via Cobalt Robotics): Premortems and Postmortems
Erik Schluntz explains the critical importance of these two tools in a high-stake environment, praising pre-mortems for unearthing unknown unknowns regularly.
Scientific American): Remote Work Can Be Better for Innovation Than In-Person Meetings(via
Gleb Tsipursky introduces findings from interviewing 61 leaders on returning to the office, analyzing why being stuck in the past hurts innovation.
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Discovery – Feedback:
Marty Cagan refers to Elon Musk and the importance of listening to negative feedback, whether some egos are bruised in the process or not.
🎙 Special: Create Continuous Innovation in Your Organizationand :
Chad McAllister interviews Ash Maurya — Mr. Lean Canvas — on how to enable continuous innovation.
(via Medium): The Art of Interviewing in Product Discovery
Pierre Fournier introduces the subtleties of learning when practicing user interviews, from the basics to common mistakes, providing a guide to improve your interviewing skills.
📯 Scrum Questions: Seven Simple Issues and Complex Answers from LinkedIn Polls
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Therefore, for some months now, I have run polls on LinkedIn. The polls address topics like the implications of self-management, how the management or corporate hierarchy fits into the picture, and the relationship between Scrum and agile coaching.
Let me share some of the controversial findings and discussions with you. As always, there are no simple answers in complex environments.
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🛠 Tools & Measuring
(via Zen Ex Machina): Agile metrics and why team surveys fail
Zen Ex Machina delves into the most common mistakes made when gathering data from agile teams by employing surveys and how to avoid them.
Free Human-Centered Innovation Tools:
Braden Kelley shares a list of free innovation tools, from the ‘Innovation Maturity Assessment’ to the ‘Eight I’s of Infinite Innovation.’
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