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What is Empiricism?

Unveiling the Mysteries of Empiricism

If you’ve ever wondered, “What is empiricism and how does it relate to the Agile way of working?” then today’s post is tailor-made for you. 🌟

Let’s get right into it!

Empiricism and Observable Data

At its root, “Empiricism is this idea that all knowledge comes from observable data, right?”

It’s a scientific principle, but don’t let that fool you!

It’s been adopted into the Agile way of working and many other ways of working in business.

Deliberate Actions and Outcomes

We often talk about being data-driven in business and Agile. That’s where empiricism comes into play.  🔄

The idea is not just to have access to all the data but to take deliberation actions that you think will affect the data, and then you monitor the data to see whether those outcomes have come to pass.

Repetition and Verification: The Empirical Cycle

Data alone isn’t enough; verification through repetition is key. You should repeat that experiment many times, and if you can repeat it successfully and get the outcome, then it’s probably something you should be doing. ✔️

If it doesn’t hold up, it could be something that worked that way for one time, and it might be time to pivot.

When Empiricism Meets Agile

So, what’s the single most valuable outcome that empiricism can produce in an Agile setting?

We want some kind of systemic change to the system that enables something the business is looking for.  🌱

This could be anything from speeding up engineering teams and improving communication to enabling faster market response. But remember, it takes courage to bring about this change because many people say they want to change but don’t actually want to do what they need to do to change.

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