You will become clever through your mistakes. —German proverb
In Lean and Agile we think long term success builds on your ability to learn, learn from your mistakes. If we want to optimize for long term success we should optimize for learning. A core part of Lean and Agile is the scientific mindset. In Lean this is often talked about as PDCA-cycles (Plan-Do-Check-Act). In Agile it is often talked about as Inspect and Adapt. Two different ways to talk about it but both is based on a scientific mindset.
If we want to have long term success excelling in scientific thinking is key. I look at all improvement work, both for product development and our way of working, as experiments.
Being disciplined and defining a hypothesis and an explicit prediction before we do any improvement work we can maximize our learning. If skip formulating a hypothesis and a prediction it is really easy to fall into Hindsight bias and we miss out on real learning. Because if we have an explicit and detailed predictions and we have actual observations we can look at the delta between the predictions and observations. This delta is a great source for learning.
This is my Lean/Agile Advent Calendar. I will publish a short post on a Lean/Agile topic every day up until Christmas. I will based each days topic on what is behind the door in the LEGO® City Advent Calendar. So be sure to check back every day!
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