Moving Towards a Target Condition (Part 11)

PDCA

As our path is unclear, we need to act like scientists and perform in an experimentation mode. We should learn by experimenting, and that’s where the popular method of Plan-Do-Check-Act helps.

  • What is the core problem we need to solve?
  • What resources do we need?
  • What resources do we have?
  • What is the best solution for fixing the problem with the available resources?
  • In what conditions will the plan be considered successful? What are the goals?

Principles of PDCA

Things we need to bear in mind:

  1. Adaptive and improving systems by their nature involve experimentation. We cannot propose a perfect solution and wait for its implementation; instead, we need to learn and improve continuously;
  2. Hypothesis gives value only when tested, not when it is infinitely discussed. We should start experimenting one thing at a time steadily rather than spending our time discussing;
  3. Be ready for unintended consequences or failures. Experiments mostly end up with failures from which we gain knowledge and experience;
  4. Failures are more beneficial than successes as we learn not when there is a problem. Problems show us the way forward.

Failing to acknowledge that there is a problem is by itself a huge problem.

When you have something to say, silence is a lie.

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Zukhriddin Abdurakhmonov

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