Learning cycles, or rapid bursts of learning, help the innovator to frame an innovation problem. An innovation is needed when you set-up a gap in your mind between the current situation and what needs to be solved. Or stated as a problem, what you need but don’t have, or have but don’t want.
Recently, our friend John shared a story with a group of us that the Hubble II telescope was envisioned years before it went into orbit with technologies that did not yet exist. The telescope required 10 new innovations to technical problems that were identified, but had never before been solved. These innovations were the gaps that needed to be solved. Learning cycles help to rapidly close the predefined gaps. A learning cycle is a rapid cycle to move through the following stages: Planning, Design, Building (or prototyping), Testing, and Reviewing the Results.
In our simple illustration in this blog, we set-up a gap (not a terrible technically challenging one – just new to us) of setting up a blog about innovation and lean development. We are initially just writing about the process of discovery that we are going through.
In learning cycle 1, several questions were stated. Next the tasks are defined to answer each question.
Regard the question of what tool to use … we create a plan to answer this rapidly. Several people were consulted about which blog tool to use. We also did some research by reading the book Sociable! by Shane Gibson and Stephen Jagger. Many options exist from self-created and added to a custom web page to one built by a web developer. All recommendations pointed to WordPress, however, the recommendation also includes creating your own web presence. So for us, the solution involved building this WordPress blog spot and linking it to our permanent web address. The test was to prototype and start using it.