Six reasons to prototype – everything

B experimentalPrototyping is well-known for product- and ICT development. In other cases, prototyping is rarely done.

Do you know prototyping can be extremely valuable? For every solution!

Here are six reasons to prototype.

(and tools and templates you can use immediately)

The system

In most ‘traditional’ organizations, when new processes, services, cultures, missions, workplaces or strategies are developed, it often happens by making a detailed plan first, next the solution is developed fully and then the whole thing is “rolled out” (we’ve written about these pitfalls a lot…). Sometimes there is some testing involved, but this often takes place when the solution is already largely developed. Prototyping is rarely done. What a pity. [Read more…]

Learn (how) to fail

Failure succes

Source: Mark Brodinsky

Somehow, we know the value of failure and making mistakes. You know, it helps to grow, to learn and to innovate.

Never fail to fail.

So, why aren’t we doing it?
Learn (how) to fail.


Why failure matters

Most people know that failure matters. People like Richard Brandson, Tom Peters, Malcolm Gladwell, Stephen Covey; they all talk about this. Why? Because it helps you to grow, to learn and to innovate.

First of all, taking risks, experimenting and learning from mistakes are important aspects of innovation. Major innovations come from trying new things – in entirely new directions. The risk of failure is part of this. As Woody Allen says: “If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.”  (In a study on the durability of companies which were successful for over 100 years, one of the most important findings for success was ‘the tolerance to experiment in the margin’*).

Second, experimenting and mistakes are important to grow and learn. Thomas Edison did over 9,000 experiments before he came up with a successful version of the light bulb. Failure to succeed. [Read more…]