Food for Agile Thought #327: Improve Learning and Maximize Retention, Failing Innovation Experiments, Value of an Agile Coach, PMs Don‘t Need Domain Knowledge?

TL; DR: Improve Learning, Failing Experiments — Food for Agile Thought #327

Welcome to the 327th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 34,305 peers. This week, we explore the most critical meta-skill a knowledge worker can acquire: Learning how to learn by improving learning itself. Also, we ask: How do you assess the value of an agile coach, and we delve into the first principles of leadership in complex environments.

We then pursue the thought that a lack of domain knowledge forces a product manager to improve product discovery to compensate, thus contributing to value creation, or not? Moreover, we detail seven pitfalls of experimentation and validation and how to avoid them, and we explore UX designers’ many difficulties and challenges in SAFe®-driven organizations.

Lastly, we appreciate Jeff Gothelf sharing a ‘box-by-box breakdown of how to use the [Business Model Canvas and Lean UX Canvas ] as complementary tools in your business and product development process,’ and we suggest a formula to help you account for your team’s innovation efforts.

Food for Agile Thought #327: Improve Learning and Maximize Retention,  Failing Innovation Experiments, Value of an Agile Coach, PMs Don‘t Need Domain Knowledge? — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week

Shane Parrish (via Farnam Street): The Spacing Effect: How to Improve Learning and Maximize Retention

Shane Parrish explores the most critical meta-skill a knowledge worker can acquire: Learning how to learn.

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Michael Sahota: Traditional Leadership vs Evolutionary Leadership

Michael Sahota points at the obsolescence of the Tayloristic leadership perspective.

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Ant Murphy (via Medium): Why Product Managers Don’t Need Domain Knowledge to be Effective

Anthony Murphy believes that a lack of domain knowledge forces a product manager to improve product discovery to compensate, thus contributing to value creation.

(via Board of Innovation): Why Your Innovation Experiments Fail

Olivier De Hous details seven pitfalls of experimentation and validation and how to avoid them.

(via uxdesign.cc): Design debacles: Inappropriate approaches to product design

Emily Femmer explores UX designers' many difficulties and challenges in SAFe®-driven organizations.

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🛠 Tools & Measuring

Jeff Gothelf: How the Business Model Canvas and the Lean UX Canvas Work Together

Jeff Gothelf shares a ‘box-by-box breakdown of how to use the two [canvasses] as complementary tools in your business and product development process.’

Alex Cowan: The One Metric for Innovation Accounting (and How to Use it)

Alex Cowan suggests a formula to help you account for your team’s innovation efforts.

✂️ Cutting Room Floor

John Cutler: An Actionable Post With Examples (Tree/Loop Prompts)

John Cutler addresses a critique that he writes too many ‘thinky’ pieces by creating a list of actionable prompts and exercises to maximize your value creation.

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Read more: Food for Agile Thought #326: Enabling Great Work, Experimenting w/ Customers, The Better Listener, The Experimentation Mindset.

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