Food for Agile Thought #314: Tech Revolutions, Benefits of Negative Feedback, Better Scrum w/ Cards & Games, The Art of Interviewing

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.

Food for Agile Thought #314: Tech Revolutions, Benefits of Negative Feedback, Better Scrum w/ Cards & Games, The Art of Interviewing — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week

Ben Thompson (via The Stratechery): The Death and Birth of Technological Revolutions

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.

Gleb Tsipursky (via Scientific American): Remote Work Can Be Better for Innovation Than In-Person Meetings

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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Marty Cagan: 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.

Chad McAllister and Ash Maurya: 🎙 Special: Create Continuous Innovation in Your Organization

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

How hard can Scrum be; the manual has 13 pages? You may have heard something along this line from skeptics in the past, dismissing the complex nature of an intentionally incomplete framework. The point is that exciting discussions happen when you start digging a bit deeper. Supposedly simple Scrum questions often return a broad spectrum of answers, ideas, and opinions.

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.

Scrum Questions: Seven Simple Issues and Complex Answers from LinkedIn Polls — Age-of-Product.com

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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.

Braden Kelley: 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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