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This post was originally published on Hatch, our internal version of Medium, on September 19, 2013. See Hatching Inside Medium for context on this collection.

The Importance of Candid Feedback

Earlier on when Medium was Obvious, a few of us did some research into how to build constructive feedback loops where we get completely candid feedback early and often (something that sometimes feels awkward because we all want to be nice and don’t want to dismiss someone’s ideas).

  • Create an environment where everyone feels open to share and provide honest feedback
  • Create frameworks for critique that combine honest feedback with complete ownership and control, such as Pixar’s “brain trust” meetings (from Pixar’s Secret for Delivering Tough Feedback)
  • Presenter requests that for each idea, everyone writes down one thing you really like and one thing that might not work.

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