When individuals are encouraged to take their own needed risks within a safe, collaborative community, ideation leaps forward.
Incubate to Innovate’s ChangeMaker Innovation Activator™ #5 is Start Small, Iterate Fast.
Try navigating ambiguity with an upcoming project or goal by letting go of predetermined solutions at the onset of a project.
Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, authors of Designing Your Life and the creators of the Stanford University course by the same name, recommend you don’t get caught up planning, but rather begin trying out potential new directions as prototypes.
As a planner and strategist, I remember reading what Burnett and Evans believe and instantly feeling overwhelmed. Over time, I realized the secret is to find small viable steps or “experiments” where you can Start Small, Start Somewhere, and choose to Iterate Fast to see what is working and not working.
Ultimately, businesses iterate until they obtain the right product or market fit. However, how does this work for a mission-oriented non-profit organization, school, or ministry with divergent priorities? Start Small, Iterate Fast must lead to successful solutions that fulfill three critical dimensions of social innovation: value, growth, and impact. But how?
Resolve to fail. Fail early. Fail forward. And, fail often.
We can not reach measurable value, growth, and impact without trying new things and then realizing when to Pivot with Perseverance to achieve more effective outcomes. Start Small, Iterate Fast is a low cost and time-saving solution for today’s complex, rapidly changing world. And there is a lot to learn!
How might you let go of predetermined solutions at the onset of a project?
How can you resolve to fail early and fail often?
Where might your organization Pivot with Perseverance to achieve value, growth, and impact?