TL; DR: The Origin of Ideas and Innovation — Food for Agile Thought #392
Welcome to the 392nd edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 46,619 peers. This week, we delve into the origin of ideas, sharing the results of seven research studies and revealing the people, incentives, and environments that create innovation. Also, we address misconceptions leaders harbor about agility; we examine the habits of high-performing teams and offer some guidance for adopting these habits on your team, and we share a primer on facilitation, answering a vital question: “What is a facilitator?” (The guide pairs well with this week’s blog post on: Agile Negotiations — Life Is a Negotiation; Why Would Scrum Be Different?)
Then, we share Jason Godesky’s belief that design and development are the two sides of the same medal when he explores a contested area: agility. Moreover, Alex Osterwalder dives into the art of testing and developing hypotheses, from desirability over feasibility to leveraging AI to testing in corporate or B2B environments, and Daniel Stillman points to the crucial role of conversations in product management: types, designing techniques, empathy’s significance, and facilitation’s role.
Finally, we introduce Kim Scott’s Get Stuff Done (GSD) wheel, where she clarifies that you must first establish the groundwork for collaboration through a listening culture for GSD to succeed. Additionally, we address statistics on change fatigue: In 2022, employees faced ten enterprise changes on average, up from two in 2016. However, support for change dropped to 43% due to change fatigue. Lastly, we ponder whether AI is comparable to a management-consulting firm like McKinsey. The parallels between the pervasive use of consulting firms and AI are apparent.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week: The Origin of Ideas and Innovation
Where Do Great Ideas Come From?:
Mario Gabriele shares the results of seven research studies, revealing the people, incentives, and environments that create innovation.
🍋 The Lemon of the Week
You don't need Scrum. You just need to do Kanban right.:
Lucas F Costa believes that Scrum is useless as Kanban covers everything teams may ever need to solve their customers’ problems.
➿ Agile & Scrum
10 Bitter Pills for Agile Leaders:
Bob Galen reshares @virtual_agile ’s LinkedIn post on misconceptions leaders harbor about agility.
5 Habits Of High-Performing Teams:
David Burkus examines the habits of high-performing teams and offers some guidance for adopting these habits on your team.
(via SessionLab): What is a facilitator and what do they do?
SessionLab created an excellent primer on facilitation, answering questions from “What is a facilitator?” to “What is it that you do?”
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Medium): Agility, UX, Building & Dwelling(via
Jason Godesky believes that design and development are the two sides of the same medal, delving into a contested area: agility.
WHU's Most Awesome Founder Podcast): The Art of Hypothesis Testing in Startups(via
Alex Osterwalder dives into the art of testing and developing hypotheses, from desirability over feasibility to leveraging AI to testing in corporate or B2B environments.
Mind The Product): Designing conversations in product(via
In this podcast, Daniel Stillman points to the crucial role of conversations in product management: types, designing techniques, empathy’s significance, and facilitation’s role.
📯 Agile Negotiations — Life Is a Negotiation; Why Would Scrum Be Different?
Life is a negotiation; why would Scrum be different, particularly given its egalitarian nature? As you may recall, no one on a Scrum team can tell anyone else what to do, how to do it, or when to do it. Instead, solving your customers’ problems in a complex environment requires communication skills, empathy, patience, diplomacy, and professionalism. So let’s have a look at some typical agile negotiation scenarios.
🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring
Medium): Creating a Culture of Listening(via
Kim Scott introduces the Get Stuff Done (GSD) wheel, clarifying that you must first establish the groundwork for collaboration through a listening culture for GSD to succeed.
(via Daily Stoic): Perseverance: 7 Stoic Lessons on How To Keep Going
The Daily Stoic reflects on persevering well, from accepting your fate to realizing it’s not the end of the world to stopping torturing yourself.
Marcus Aurelius: “To be like the rock that the waves keep crashing over. It stands unmoved and the raging of the sea falls still around it.”
(via Harvard Business Review): 📈 Employees Are Losing Patience with Change Initiatives
Cian O Morain and Peter Aykens analyze an interesting statistic: In 2022, employees faced ten enterprise changes on average, up from two in 2016. However, support for change dropped to 43% due to change fatigue. Consequently, leaders must prioritize initiatives, manage fatigue, and build resilience for sustainable change.
(via The New Yorker): Will A.I. Become the New McKinsey?
Ted Chiang ponders whether AI is comparable to a management-consulting firm like McKinsey. The parallels between the pervasive use of consulting firms and AI are apparent.
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