Don’t Fail Fast - Learn fast: Failing fast is an option. But innovating fast is a must

Often in agile working environments, people aim for failing fast. Yet failure is not the goal - learning is. Failure can lead to learning and so can other approaches. It can lead beyond continuous improvement to transformative learning: seeing your situation from a whole new framework in a way that lets you learn by leaps of insight.

In this workshop we present specific ways to probe, using hypothesis, and experiments will help you and your team to learn fast. This approach provides a way to get into the mindset of learning and thus always developing.

Usually a failure is to do nothing… or to do anything (blindly). The key even for big issues is to make small bets (hypothesis) and learn through experiments what's the impact. So, gain insights by (in)validating the bet. In summary it's about thinking big but acting small (and safely). Note, that every great idea, every innovation is at first a guess or rather a hypothesis and only experiments allow us to find out if our idea is really as great as we thought at first.


Outline/Structure of the Workshop

0 Welcome and set the stage 5’

5 Participants experiences with failing fast (small group discussions) 15’

20 Presentation of learning fast through probing and the difference between continuous and transformative learning 20’

40 In small groups discuss the advantages / disadvantages of the new model and create suggestions for improvements (synthesis) 30’

70 Applicability in participants' own environment 15'

85 Debrief & Wrap-Up 5’

90 End

Learning Outcome

  • Learn how to conduct experiments (probes), how to learn from them, and how to scale them
  • Understand the prerequisites for creating your own experiments
  • Learn how to design experiments dependent on the outcome you aim for in respect to the environment you are in
  • Understand that everyone in an organization can foster learning and innovation (faster)
  • Differentiate between continuous learning and the deep innovation that comes from transformative learning
  • Develop strategies for the application in your own context

Target Audience

Program Managers, Executives, Portfolio Managers, Project Leads, Coaches, Consultants

Prerequisites for Attendees

Familiar with agile concepts. Project and management experience at best with leading and going through change.

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