Validated learning is a well-known term used in lean-startup. The term was proposed by Eric Ries in 2011. It is a unit of progress process and describes conclusions generated by trying out an initial idea and then measuring it against potential customers to validate the effect. Each test of an idea is a single iteration in a larger process of many iterations whereby something is learnt and then applied to succeeding tests. The term coined in the lean startup scene, but it can be applied universally.
Explain the Practice
How do you experiment new practices inside your organization, or even your company? Innovation comes with experimentation but how do you motivate your team to experiment more? In work and in life we sometimes succeed, and we sometimes fail. What’s important is that whether we have success or failure, we learn from the experiment.
Why did I decide to use this practice?
This practice helps the team to shift mindset towards experimenting. It is also an excellent way to have psychologically safe honest conversations between team members about failures.
There are three strategies for achieving optimal performance:
- Experimenting by changing individual practices
- Mixing collections of best practices from previous top performers
- Learning from others who broadcast their best practices to whom it may concern
No matter which strategies you employ it’s important to realize that continuous improvement is indeed continuous and never stops!
How did I use this practice?
I use the Celebration Grid in retrospectives with scrum teams. After usually starting a retrospective with Kudos Cards, I invite team members to answer 2 main questions.
- What did we do well? (by following practices)
- What did we learn? (by running experiments)
Celebration Grids can be a great tool to be used in a retrospective, even in an online retro. Download the empty Grid and use it as a background in a tool such as Linoit. Fill it with your team.
My learnings as facilitator
As a conclusion, the Celebration Grid practice helps empowering teams to be part of a learning organization focused on innovation. As Jurgen stated in his book, “we should celebrate learning, not successes or failures”. Celebration grid helps teams to don’t take for granted what effort people do. It helps also mentioning every small step.
Finally, the celebration grid helps support the three pillars of scrum empiricism which are: Transparency, Inspection and Adaptation. Whether we succeed or fail what’s important is to learn form our experiments and celebrate learning.
For more management 3.0 practices please visit:
Celebration Grids: Celebrate Learning with this Management 3.0 Practice (management30.com)
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