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Workshop: Learn fast - don't fail fast


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Agile beyond IT and beyond just doing it, but rather being it requires experimenting continuously in order to learn continuously. Thus more important than failing fast is learning fast.
In this workshop we will learn what learning fast means for every individual and the organization as a whole and we will define experiments for you to use in your company for becoming agile truly. This will allow you to create an environment for continuous innovations.

Learning Outcome
• Learn how to conduct experiments, 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 (faster)
• Develop strategies for the application in your own context

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Workshop: Learn fast - don't fail fast

  1. 1. @JuttaEckstein | agilebossanova.org1 #agilebossanova Jutta Eckstein | @JuttaEckstein Learn Fast don’t Fail Fast! Workshop on the Essentials of BOSSA nova
  2. 2. @JuttaEckstein | agilebossanova.org2 Set the Stage ◼ Why are you here? ◼ What books you read, you recommend? – Please write your recommendation in the chat
  3. 3. @JuttaEckstein | agilebossanova.org3 Goal for the Workshop ◼ Learn how to bring a culture of experimentation into your company – Learn how to conduct experiments, 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 (faster) – Develop strategies for the application in your own context
  4. 4. @JuttaEckstein | agilebossanova.org4 Agenda ◼ Welcome & set the stage ◼ Defining the context ◼ Values & principles for learning fast ◼ Enabling continuous learning (through probing) ◼ Creating probes: hypothesis, experiments, measurement ◼ Wrap-up
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  8. 8. @JuttaEckstein | agilebossanova.org8 Reflect & Discuss ◼ What has in your context supported or hindered learning fast? ◼ Come up with a top challenge in your group
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  19. 19. @JuttaEckstein | agilebossanova.org19 Discuss ◼ What is the primary organizational characteristic (strategy, structure, or process) for your top challenge?
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  21. 21. @JuttaEckstein | agilebossanova.org21 Is Trust Cheaper? ◼ Background: – Traditional travel expense procedures are burdensome and assume people can’t be trusted. ◼ Hypothesis: – Such procedures cost more than they save and are demoralizing. ◼ Experiment: – Pre-survey and audit. Try for three months in a few units with other units as controls. Post-survey and audit.
  22. 22. @JuttaEckstein | agilebossanova.org22 Would it be worthwhile to establish mindful partnerships between production and support service teams? ◼ Background: – Many support service teams such as quality control, HR, or finance, tend to be more controlling than supporting and tend to come in too late in production processes. ◼ Hypothesis: – If support service teams understand that production is their direct customer, or in other situations vice versa, they can be proactive in working together to serve the company’s external customers. ◼ Experiment: – For a specific project, production invites the applicable support service teams at the lift-off and treats them as stakeholders. Measure the results by asking “How is the support service team/production relationship going?” in every retrospective.
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  25. 25. @JuttaEckstein | agilebossanova.org25 Definition of a Probe ◼ Probes are defined by small, safe-to-fail experiments based on hypotheses derived from reflection on the current situation as well as on theory.
  26. 26. @JuttaEckstein | agilebossanova.org26 Design a Probe ◼ Name of the Probe: – <A question that reflects your hypothesis, your curiosity> ◼ Background: – <Define the context of your situation> ◼ Hypothesis: – <Define what you expect to happen> – <Observable impact> ◼ Safe-to-fail experiment: – <Define what do you want to try and how you can (dis) prove the hypothesis>
  27. 27. @JuttaEckstein | agilebossanova.org27 Hints to: Name & Background ◼ The name: – Should be a question reflecting the hypothesis – Often is defined last ◼ The background: – Should be observable and – Fact based as opposed to speculation (so you can use it as pre-measures for the experiment)
  28. 28. @JuttaEckstein | agilebossanova.org28 Reflect On Your Situation ◼ Take time to think about the situation of your top challenge – How are we thinking about the situation? • E.g., what are we assuming? • What would it be like if we didn’t make that assumption? – Don’t focus on something big – the smaller the more useful • What do you observe? • Can you validate the observation – how would you do that? ◼ Take notes on the jamboard
  29. 29. @JuttaEckstein | agilebossanova.org29 Hints to Hypothesis & Experiments ◼ The hypothesis – Should be an assumption / a statement about • What you expect to happen • Under such and such conditions ◼ The experiment(s): – Its purpose is to test your assumption stated in the hypothesis – Need some kind of measurement (pre-/post) or comparisons with control groups – Need to be actionable by the author
  30. 30. @JuttaEckstein | agilebossanova.org30 Creating Probes ◼ In your groups – Jointly create a probe for your top challenge • You can also split up and (individually) create different probes – Come up with: • Name (will be triggered by the hypothesis) • Background (should be the outcome of the reflection on your situation) • Hypothesis • Experiment(s) ◼ You can capture your probe(s) either on the jamboard or google doc
  31. 31. @JuttaEckstein | agilebossanova.org31 Measurement & Control ◼ Without comparison you won’t know what you learned – Pre- and post-measure for comparing results: • Measure your observation (stated in the background) • Use the same measurement after conducting the experiment – Controls for comparing results • Use two (or more) comparable groups • One group conducts the experiment the other one (control group) not ◼ How will you assign people to groups & when will you measure? ◼ How long will the experiment go? ◼ What will you do to keep the experiment safe?
  32. 32. @JuttaEckstein | agilebossanova.org32 Hints to Measurement & Controls ◼ Hawthorne effect (in the 30ies) – Using better lights in the factory led to: • higher productivity • higher motivation – Yet… the reason was • more care • more respect Don’t mix causation & correlation Knowing about a measurement triggers specific behavior
  33. 33. @JuttaEckstein | agilebossanova.org33 Importance of Publication ◼ Collaborative learning depends on sharing learnings ◼ Publishing also contributes to the author’s learning – as an author you need to reflect and look at your learning from a different perspective
  34. 34. @JuttaEckstein | agilebossanova.org34 Hints to Publication ◼ Internal vs external – Company confidentiality might prevent external publication – Internal collective learning is still important ◼ Keep reflecting on what happened – What are the outcomes? – What additional changes have been triggered? ◼ Make your experience extremely clear – There is no way you can explain later to the reader what you meant – A publication has to “stand by itself”
  35. 35. @JuttaEckstein | agilebossanova.org35 In Essence Learning fast means: ◼ Never stop probing, that is never stop… – …reflecting – …hypothesizing – …experimenting – …measuring – …sharing
  36. 36. @JuttaEckstein | agilebossanova.org36 Links & References ◼ Our jamboard: ◼ Our google doc: ◼ Abbreviated probes from book: content/uploads/2020/01/ProbesForCards.pdf ◼ Published probes from peers: ◼ Link to the possibility of joining a Narrathon that is a peer learning experience based on experiments for continuous learning & innovation: ◼ blog by the first Narrathon cohort including also their developed probes: nourishing-learning/
  37. 37. @JuttaEckstein | agilebossanova.org37 Many Thanks and… Stay in Touch: Jutta Eckstein, @JuttaEckstein PicturesbyKatjaGloggengießer @AgileBossaNova