Post-it Notes, without them SCRUM is a non-starter - the Awesome World of Things
A scientist at 3M in the US, Spencer Silver, was attempting to develop a strong adhesive. Instead he accidentally created one which was weak but reusable. For years, Silver promoted his "solution without a problem" but failed to gain acceptance. A colleague who had attended one of his talks, Art Fry, came up with the idea of using the adhesive to anchor his bookmark in his hymn-book. The idea was further developed inside 3M using their bootlegging incentive programme. The original notes' yellow colour was chosen by accident, as the lab next-door to the Post-it team had only yellow scrap paper to use. It was originally called "Press 'n Peel" but results were disappointing. "Press 'n Peel" was re-introduced as "Post-It Notes"and a legendary product was born.
Read more about Post-it Notes over at LinkedIn here.