Learning has been on top of my head lately. I blogged on my personal blog my first ever entry on learning. On that blog post I raised a question what could I learn to help a(ny) organisation to become a learning organisation? In this post I try to figure out what it would mean to me in an organisational context.
Disclaimer: I’ve only been at Ambientia for three months and thus I am not making a statement whether Ambientia is, or is not, a learning organisation. What I do describe, instead, is what it could mean for an organisations, generally speaking.
Learning is something to celebrate together!
I went to #LESS2012 to meet new people and to learn. And it did exceed my expectations – both of them. I loved the discussions we had with Claudio, Mark, Stefan, Vasco to name a few. And I went there to learn more about Lean Startup and the ideas behind it.
That learning, regarding Lean Startup, together with my new insight that learning happens in reflection, made me realise something: the concepts indeed seem to have a point.
In Lean Startup, there’s a core concept of creating feedback loops on potential customers – would this thing(y) solve that problem of yours. And as part of that process, in reflection, we learn a great deal about our markets. In Lean Startup, we run many experiments and gather feedback from our potential customers. And in reflection, we learn a great deal about our customers.
In reflection we learn.
A3 – a thinking tool for problem solvers. And what happens in the process of creating A3. It’s about taking time to reflect the problem. Taking time to plan – to create a hypothesis, that is. To run an experiment to validate the hypothesis. And to learn, in reflection, by measuring the results of the experiments.
Some say, PDCA yet again. I say: Yes, and I couldn’t care less.
Since in reflection we learn.
So, what does this bring us with? We started to work with my first-ever A3 report a little while ago here at Ambientia. I hope we learn in this experiment we are running. And I hope there’s a lot more to come of these experiments.