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How can we take our passion, our vision, a couple “wild ass guesses”, and produce meaningful, validated learning?

The question of how to learn as an organization and how to DEMONSTRATE learning has been explored by philosophers of science and by business theorists for years. What can the Lean Startup Community learn about creating scientifically valid experiments that create actionable knowledge?

Learn how to fail well and fail faster by keeping your passion focused on the vision and our dispassionate logic focused on the assumptions.

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- 1. blog: jabe.co FAILING principles and practices of Vanity Validation a Paradox of Passionate Commitment WELL
- 2. @cyetain What was the last thing you failed at? What did you learn? Did you share your failure with anyone? Pre-Talk Questions
- 3. blog: jabe.co FAILING principles and practices of Vanity Validation a Paradox of Passionate Commitment WELL
- 4. HELLLOOOO McFLY TLC LABS blog http://jabe.co Send Anonymous Feedback http://sayat.me/jabebloom Joshua (Jabe) Bloom CTO : The Library Corporation & Consulting Practioner TLC Labs #agile2013
- 5. @cyetain Fail Fast
- 6. @cyetain
- 7. @cyetain Learning occurs when we detect and correct error. Error is any mismatch between what we intend an action to produce and what actually happens when we implement that action. -Chris Argyris
- 8. @cyetain How Do We Make Better Choices? Why is it so hard to Fail? Could we design a system to help?
- 9. @cyetain One must treat his theory-in- use as both a psychological certainty and an intellectual hypothesis. -Chris Argyris
- 10. @cyetain How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress. -Niels Bohr
- 11. @cyetain
- 12. @cyetain fake dictionary page from colbertnation.com
- 13. @cyetain Although theory without experiment is empty, experiment without theory is blind. -Paul Thagard
- 14. @cyetain 3 Things To Leave With • Failing Well Produces more Information than Failing Poorly • “Passionate Beliefs, Loosely Held” • Reducing Variability too, Soon risks suboptimal result, too Late increases Failure blindness
- 15. @cyetain We simply cannot rely on randomness to correct the problems that randomness creates. -Don Reinertsen
- 16. @cyetain undifferentiated streams of data
- 17. @cyetain
- 18. @cyetain “Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.” -Wernher von Braun
- 19. @cyetain
- 20. @cyetain The Principle of Optimum Failure Rate 0% 100% Probability of Failure 50% PotentialInformation
- 21. @cyetain 0% 100% Probability of Failure 50% PotentialInformation Greater Asserted Information Greater Asserted Information
- 22. @cyetain 0% 100% Probability of Failure 50% PotentialInformation Greater Asserted Information Greater Asserted Information Pretty Sure theory is wrong Pretty Sure theory is right Interesting Ideas
- 23. @cyetain 0% 100% Probability of Failure 50% PotentialInformation Greater Asserted Information Greater Asserted Information Pretty Sure theory is wrong Pretty Sure theory is right Interesting Ideas Uncomfortable Conﬁdent
- 24. @cyetain Experience of Failure NumberofSamples The Competency Trap
- 25. @cyetain 0% 100% Probability of Failure 50% PotentialInformation
- 26. @cyetain 0% 100% Probability of Failure 50% PotentialInformation Pretty Sure theory is wrong Pretty Sure theory is right Interesting IdeasHidden Risk Hidden Value The Line of SURPRISE!
- 27. @cyetain 0% 100% Probability of Failure 50% PotentialInformation Pretty Sure theory is wrong Pretty Sure theory is right Interesting IdeasHidden Risk Hidden Value 1 2 3 During Customer Development Focus on Interesting Ideas Before Scaling Validate Your "We Know This Assumptions" to reduce risk of Failure Demand After Customer Validation Run experiments to Validate Assumptions of Failure 2 3 1
- 28. @cyetain “The typical sequence of coin tosses has high information content but little value; an ephemeris, giving the positions of the moon and planets every day for a hundred years, has no more information than the equations of motion and initial conditions from which it was calculated, but saves it’s owner the effort of recalculating these positions.” -Charles H. Bennett
- 29. @cyetain Based on what we know right now, what problems do we have the least amount of information about that we can reasonably expect to understand?
- 30. @cyetain
- 31. @cyetain Risk vs Uncertainty
- 32. @cyetain Alteaory vs Epistemic Uncertainties
- 33. @cyetain Gamble Invest
- 34. @cyetain Justified MVP Value of Information Cost of Acquisition Cost of MVP Unjustified MVP Over Justified MVP Justified MVP
- 35. @cyetain The first principle is that you must not fool yourself--and you are the easiest person to fool. -Richard Feynman
- 36. @cyetain “Most people don’t know how to learn. What’s more, those members of the organization that many assume to be the best at learning are, in fact, not very good at it. I am talking about the well-educated, high-powered, high commitment professionals” -Chris Argyris
- 37. @cyetain “Expertise … breeds an inability to accept new views.” -Laski
- 38. @cyetain
- 39. @cyetain VanityValidation
- 40. @cyetain I need to be right even if I'm wrong.
- 41. @cyetain Defensive Reasoning
- 42. @cyetain Remain in unilateral control
- 43. @cyetain Maximize "winning" Minimize "losing"
- 44. @cyetain Suppress negative feelings
- 45. @cyetain Be as "rational" as possible -- by which people mean defining clear objectives and evaluating their behavior in terms of whether or not they have achieved them
- 46. @cyetain Mindset Actions Results Match Results Mismatch Single-loop Double-loop
- 47. @cyetain Valid Public Information
- 48. @cyetain
- 49. @cyetain whenever we propose a solution to a problem, we ought to try as hard as we can to overthrow our solution, rather than defend it. -Karl Popper
- 50. @cyetain • Identify Your Assumptions and Conclusions CLEARLY AS POSSIBLE PUBLICLY • Question Your Assumptions and Conclusions • Seek Contrary Data • Learn when to correct your Actions and when to correct your Mindset
- 51. @cyetain http://xkcd.com/
- 52. @cyetain
- 53. @cyetain Abduction not just for Aliens @cyetain
- 54. @cyetain [Abduction] goes upon the hope that there is sufficient affinity between the reasoner's mind and nature's to render guessing not altogether hopeless, provided each guess is checked by comparison with observation... The effort should therefore be to make each hypothesis... as near an even bet as possible. -Charles Peirce
- 55. @cyetain ABDUCE DEDUCE INDUCE Predictive Probable Plausible The Way Computers "Think" The Way Humans Think Binary Probability Analogue Justifiable
- 56. @cyetain ABDUCE DEDUCE INDUCE Experiences Hypothesises Expected Outcomes If Coherent If Expected Outcomes Match Reality Effective Match
- 57. @cyetain ABDUCE DEDUCEINDUCE
- 58. @cyetain ABDUCE DEDUCEINDUCE SURPRISE!!!
- 59. @cyetain Multi-Hypothesis Research !=
- 60. @cyetain BRAINSTORM
- 61. @cyetain Theories Opinions Hypothesizes The Facts and Just the Facts
- 62. @cyetain Theories Opinions Hypothesizes Constraints Criteria
- 63. @cyetain Theories Opinions Hypothesizes Question Facts
- 64. @cyetain Theories Opinions Hypothesizes Request More Information
- 65. @cyetain NO TALKING!
- 66. @cyetain How Would I Validate my understanding of this problem? How Would I solve this Problem? •Based on your experiences, what would you do to solve this problem? This is your Hypothesis. •Identify What Needs to Be True if your Hypothesis is true. •Assert, Presume, Assume Truth •Imagine Experiments that would justify the Assumptions
- 67. @cyetain I Assert that this I know this 0% 100% Probability of Failure 50% PotentialInformation Pretty Sure theory is wrong Pretty Sure theory is right Interesting Ideas I Presume Somebody knows this I am going to Assume this is true for my Hypothesis to be true 0% 100% Probability of Failure 50% PotentialInformation Pretty Sure theory is wrong Pretty Sure theory is right Interesting Ideas 0% 100% Probability of Failure 50% PotentialInformation Pretty Sure theory is wrong Pretty Sure theory is right Interesting Ideas
- 68. @cyetain This is my Hypothesis, Assumptions and Experiments Challenge Assumptions & Experiments Rotate Pairs 2-3 Times Allow Time for Revision Between Rounds
- 69. @cyetain This is my Hypothesis, Assumptions and Experiments
- 70. @cyetain Multiple Smaller Experiments against Multiple Abductive Hypotheses instead of Single Large Experiment against Single Hypotheses
- 71. @cyetain Failing Well Produces more Information than Failing Poorly
- 72. @cyetain What are You Doing w All that Information? Incremental: Confirm. Disconfirm. Iteratively: Select Next Step. Generate More Options
- 73. @cyetain Having “Passionate Beliefs, Loosely Held” FAILURE MUST BE AN OPTION
- 74. @cyetain Reducing Variability too soon risks suboptimal result, too late increases failure demand
- 75. @cyetain
- 76. @cyetain Influences & Sources of More Information
- 77. @cyetain Joshua (Jabe) Bloom CTO : The Library Corporation & TLC Labs blog http://jabe.co Send Anonymous Feedback http://sayat.me/jabebloom

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