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Agile Learning: Take the Risk of Making New Mistakes

Fear of making mistakes is the first roadblock to innovation. Many startup ventures become successful organizations by taking risks and innovative measures. In this article at the Agile Times, Dr. Stefanie Puckett defines how a new initiative brings possible challenges. Some people prefer taking the safe route, while only those that are open to taking the risk can achieve progress.

Accepting Mistakes

The agile methodology encourages a work culture of experimentation and improvement. Responsibilities are the by-products of independent decision-making. Thereby, the employees get the courage to try, fail and learn. Failure is a sign of taking up new risks and initiating new ways of working. Those avoiding mistakes are certainly not open to experimenting.

Staff Support

Some enterprises specify the number of mistakes for their employees to promote the culture or try something new. It is a modern way of encouraging innovation and long-term planning to expand the scope of business. For instance, Google Graveyard has listed some projects under the title “Killed by Google” as a token of a tentative goal.

However, a small and medium enterprise (SME) cannot afford such experiments. So, by introducing a work culture of “failure friendly” initiatives, you can encourage employees to try out-of-the-box ideas.


Agile learning is all about welcoming mistakes. Those busy in finding a scapegoat will never bring innovative ideas to the table. To prevent such a toxic work culture, agile leadership is essential. Start developing a work culture that boosts openness to feedback and idea-sharing. Adopting new techniques can restore employee curiosity and inculcate an ambitious mindset.

Root Cause Analysis

Employees of a learning enterprise look for the reason behind a problem. Why are some issues happening often? By questioning yourself constantly, you can resolve many issues. So, pay less attention to the conclusion and focus more on analyzing the causes that lead up to a problem.

Curiosity Quest

Unless you are inquisitive, finding the reason for failure is impossible. So, assess the situation and outline the existing vulnerabilities. Be open to accept your mistakes and take them as a learning experience to bring better results.

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