Enlightened Experimentation: The New Imperative for Innovation; Stefan Thomke ; Harvard Business Review, Feb. , pp. This article, by a Harvard. Harv Bus Rev. Feb;79(2) Enlightened experimentation. The new imperative for innovation. Thomke S(1). Author information: (1)Harvard Business . Enlightened Experimentation: The New Imperative for Innovation by Stefan Thomke Experimentation lies at the heart of every company’s ability to innovate.
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Remember that new technologies emerge and evolve continually. New technologies such as computer simulations not only make experimentation faster and cheaper, they also enable companies to be more innovative.
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Experiments of lower fidelity generally costing less are best suited in the early exploratory stages of developing a product. High-fidelity experiments typically more expensive are best suited later to verify the product. Parallel experiments are most effective when time matters most, cost is not an overriding factor, and developers expect to learn little that would guide them in planning the next round of experiments.
Do not assume that a new technology will necessarily replace an established one. In the past, the high cost of experimentation has greatly impacted many firms’ ability to successfully innovate.
The Essentials for Enlightened Experimentation
Consider using small development groups that contain key people designers, test engineers, manufacturing engineers with all the knowledge required to iterate rapidly. Acknowledge the trade-off between cost and fidelity.
Usually, new and traditional technologies are best used in concert. Also, mistakes often occur when you don’t control variables that could diminish your ability to learn from the experiments. The challenges are managerial as well as technical: But achieving that requires a thorough understanding of the link between experimentation and learning.
Determine what experiments can be performed in parallel instead of sequentially. Today’s new technology might eventually replace its traditional counterpart, but it could then be enlightendd by tomorrow’s new technology.
Organize For Rapid Experimentation Examine and, if necessary, revamp entrenched routines, organizational boundaries, and experimengation to encourage rapid experimentation. The challenges are managerial as well as technical:. Combine New And Traditional Technologies Do not assume that a new technology will necessarily replace an established one.
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HBS associate professor Stefan Thomke explains. Don’t forget the basics of experimentation.
Enlightened Experimentation: The New Imperative for Innovation. – Free Online Library
When variability can’t be controlled, allow for multiple, repeated trials. Well-designed tests have clear objectives what do you anticipate learning? Fail Early And Often, But Avoid Mistakes Embrace failures that occur early in the development process and advance knowledge significantly.