Today’s post takes us back to one of several posts from May 2018 where I explored different teamwork skills required for complexity in a series of Teams365 blog posts. From exploring experimentations, to curiosity, problem solving, focus (and think about yesterday’s blog post about the RAS), to listening and synergy.
As part of today’s Flashback Friday post, let’s take a look at one of the skills that I think is probably most important to cultivate and sometimes requires a significant shift in terms of focus and mindset. It’s the skill of experimentation.
How often do you experiment?
Are you encouraged to experiment? Are youencouraged to try things out, even if they don’t work?
Here’s what I wrote, and as you read, consider how experimentation might support your work efforts.
This month we are exploring the skills required in teamwork, including listening and curiosity. Today I wanted to take a dive into a third skill area, that being the area of experimentation.
Experimentation is key for business leaders and teams today. Many times, the context is changing so quickly that we don’t have time to complete an entire roll-out before having to make a final decision. That can lead to a mindset of experimentation, where it is encouraged to try things out, see what works and what doesn’t.
In supporting experimentation in our team we want to:
- Encourage and reward trial and error
- Create safety around not getting “things right”
- Provide team members with time and resources to experiment, beyond their everyday team responsibilities
- Facilitate an evaluation of projects or “experiments” that are completed or are even at the midpoint
Questions we may ask at project reviews include:
- What’s working?
- What’s not?
- What are the things that need to be abandoned or tweaked?
- What additional resources do we need?
- What unknown obstacles have become visible?
- What is the big learning we are taking?
- What is the one thing/ or the many things we are going to do differently going forward?
- Who else can we learn from (including our own past projects)?
Enjoy your reflections!
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