About the card deck
- The questions are deliberately left open. The idea here is: go with the flow. Don’t think too much about the question. Instead, go with the first thought that comes into your head when considering the answer.
- If you’re working alone with the cards: make sure you make a note of the answers, even if it’s just in short hand for the time being. This will keep you from hiding the truth from yourself.
- The 52 questions are above all an opportunity for reflection. What you do with them is up to you. But the idea is: even little steps are a step in the right direction. All improvements and every change is welcome! Take your answers and turn them into concrete action for yourself. Seize the initiative!
- Simply place those cards you can’t answer straight away to one side and come back to them later.
- There is some overlap between the questions. That is intentional though as I don’t expect you to get through all cards in the space of one day.
- Some terms are certainly specific to certain industries and fields. For example, the terms customer and user are basically synonymous for our purposes.
Buckets of cards
- Understand the Problem
- Find a Solution
- Do some Planning
- Get it done (Implementation)
- Listen & Learn (Optimization)
- All forces united (Team)
- Grow! (Personal)
Possible scenarios for use
- Pick a card every morning and take 15 minutes to think about the question. You will see more clearly and your actions will be more considered as a result.
- Team up with a colleague to form a learning group: each of you answers the question for yourself and then presents your answer to the other. Of course, the other person then gives their feedback on the answer.
- Take one of the subject areas (e.g. Get it done) and then work specifically on enhancing your strengths in this area.
- As Head of Product or Team Lead, you can make use of the cards in your 1o1s. Placing a card on the table to begin and get the conversation started.
- As an Agile Coach/Scrum Master, you can use the cards as a way of supporting the product manager by asking them smart, relevant questions.