Personal experimentation - self as a lean startup

"Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one’s self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily.” - Thomas Szasz

Park your egos at the door and approach today’s session with childlike wonder and zeal as we take a lean, practical approach to getting the most out of our learning and personal growth.

Your time is valuable and life is too short to be mediocre. If you stop learning and growing it will be even shorter! In order to be a better learner you need to become the best version of yourself, but how?

What if you live life like a startup. Think about it; startups are constantly trying out new features, measuring performance and response and learning from the data to continually improve. These principles are key to growth.

What we are going to do today is experiment together to see how we can apply this model to ourselves - to enhance our learning and personal productivity. In the pursuit of growth, continuous experimentation is key.

This is a session I have run in my organisation with a group of technologists to help them better understand some of the basic concepts of Lean Startup. This would work well in small or large groups (2-50+).

Thanks to Tara Velis for the initial idea and inspiration.


Outline/Structure of the Workshop

Rough timings:

Intro and explanation of the session: 5 mins

Attendees then:

Create a list of areas of interest - 5 mins
Segment areas of interest - 3 mins
Visualise the vote - pick one professional and one personal goal - 2 mins
Goal dig - define what going to do, how much time to spend and what does success look like - 10 mins
Review with partner - 5 mins (2 mins and a bit each)
Complete the template provided - 3 mins
Pre-mortem - 5 mins
Closeout - How to track progress, pivot or persevere - 5 mins

Learning Outcome

Basics of lean startup. Structure / technique for harnessing personal growth / learning goals.

Target Audience

Anyone with an interest in personal growth / learning | facilitators who are interested in finding out a way of teaching the basics of lean startup.

Prerequisites for Attendees

Participants will be expected to and will ideally need to get involved in the session as it will be interactive and will require a moderate level of self reflection and sharing.

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