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Experimental Discovery

Developing minimum viable change efforts to begin the process of learning as quickly as possible

Experimentation is at the heart of finding optimal ways of working, but discovering what works requires ideas to surface as the teams face challenges. New knowledge is triggered by chaos and contradictions (rather than order and logic) and emerge in the strangest ways, often when they are least expected. Teams must be placed in situations just outside their comfort zone, and given the option to "fail forward" - or to try and fail and be given further resources to try again with their new understanding of the difficulties. The enterprise role is to create an environment that reinforces the value of knowledge acquisition rather than success or failure, making it safe for teams to fail.

Control is replaced with participation, allowing the liberty for things to happen, measuring and interpreting the real effects generated. Change activities become experimentation cycles (interventions) where we co-create lasting transformation.

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