April, 2021 – Guy Thorpe – (3 min read)
Do you like to experiment?
I was introduced a while ago to the idea of coming up with and running small discrete experiments each week on the way I or my team approach our work, learning or relationships. The concept of small experiments is a powerful one, as I personally feel :
1) it gives you the psychological permission to try something new
2) it removes the stigma of failure because its “just an experiment“ right? and either way you learn something new
3) it reduces the decision pressure of permanence, as you are making it a time limited experiment
To get in the experimental headspace, great questions to ask yourself or your team might be “what if” or “how might we”. These open questions typically lead to coming up with something new to experiment with.
These experiments can be as small as “I’m going to speak up in the next meeting” or a bit bigger like” I’m going to give coding in machine learning a go” (that’s one I experimented with by the way). Or as a team “let’s make Friday mornings, no meetings time”.
Your experiments are totally up to you, you never know what you might discover. Do you experiment?