TL; DR: Serendipity-Driven Innovation, Biases at Work — Food for Agile Thought #255
Welcome to the 255th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 26,874 peers. This week, we embrace serendipity-driven innovation; we analyze the secret work of cognitive biases, and we delve deeper into Amazon’s “disagree but commit” principle.
We then figure out how to lift the collaboration between product and engineering to the next level; we enjoy product leadership lessons from the UK’s Ministry of Justice digital team, and we promise to replace old-fashioned product requirement documents.
Lastly, we consider creating a user manual for ourselves to improve communication with our teammates.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Serendipity-Driven Innovation
InfoQ): 📺 Managing for Serendipity(via
Liz Keogh looks at how innovation often happens through unexpected side-effects, allowing new ideas to emerge.
Agile & Scrum
The Liberators): In-Depth: How Biases Easily Distort Our Beliefs (In The Workplace)(via
Christiaan Verwijs delves into the secret life of eight cognitive and social biases and their impact.
A User Guide To Working With You:
Julie Zhuo describes her take on creating a user manual for yourself.
(via TechTello): Agree To Disagree vs Disagree And Commit: How To Disagree The Right Way
Vinita Bansal points at why "agree to disagree" does not work and advocates for an alternative.
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Product & Lean
Ask the EM: How Can I work Better with My Product Manager, as an Engineering Lead?:
Gergely Orosz details what a healthy a product/engineering relationship looks like and suggests steps on how to get there.
5 product leadership lessons learnt from the UK’s Ministry of Justice Digital team:
Jock Busuttil shares lessons learned from digital transformations and working with autonomous, empowered delivery teams.
Product Coalition): How To Write Product Requirements That People Would Read(via
David Wang proposes a different way of creating actionable product requirements.
📯 18 Signs of a Systemic Toxic Team Culture
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Read more: 18 Signs of a Systemic Toxic Team Culture.
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