Continuous Learning Culture
Updated: Jan 12
“Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field”.
In SAFe, continuous learning culture one of the important seven competencies is term as a set of values and practices defining the performance, competency, innovation, and increase in knowledge of an enterprise. To achieve enterprise as a whole it needs to become learning, committed to improvement, and innovative organization.
Organization in this digital time has to adapt rapidly and continuously to compete in the business world as there are various threatening factors to maintain like, technology changes, well-settled organizations entering an entirely new market, and economic, environmental, and political rule changes, etc.
To thrive in such a competitive market it became a basic need to get adapted to continuous learning. Any organization can achieve this by implementing the basic three dimensions mentioned below.
It invests and assists in the growth of the organization's employees. When every employee in an organization is learning it empowers the transformation ability of the organization and forestalls and exploits chances that create a competitive gain. Learning organization outshines creating, obtaining, and conveying knowledge. There are five main disciplines required for transforming into the learning organizations:
Personal Mastery- The employees form T-shaped people who build knowledge in various disciplines for alignment of expertise and collaboration.
Shared Vision- Leaders envision possibilities and then invite others to contribute to them. It motivates employees to contribute.
Team learning- Teams learn together towards obtaining a common objective and they complement each-others skills and expertise for learning.
Mental Model- Team works with an open and clear mind for creating a model based on consideration of lean-agile working and customers domain.
System Thinking- The team optimizes the component that ensures the investment in experimentation and learning for forwarding the system is done by an enterprise.
It is developed in a team when the leader of the team creates curiosity, creative thinking, and a challenging environment. With creative culture within employees enabled to
Explore upgrading ideas for an existing product
Experiment with ideas for newer products
Fixes the defects
Process improvement for waste reduction
Erase impediment to productivity
Guidance to improve innovative culture:
It makes realize that innovation is because of people and not because of system and culture. It is necessary to coach, train, and mentor to skill people for innovation. Innovator people should be provided with the path and opportunity for betterment.
Time and Space for Innovation
· Providing work area for innovation
· Setting special time for innovation other than work
· Temporary suspension of norms and policies etc. for challenging present rules
Experiment and Feedback
An experiment is the most realistic way for iteration and hence for learning. Many companies do not experiment sufficiently because of failure fear. But it will reduce the chances of learning along with success.
Pivot without Guilt
Every innovation starts with the assumption or belief that the new improvement will cause the customer delight. But that is not the case always so to avoid final output at once pivot should be carried and ensure the further path of change of direction, rejection, or continuing on the same.
The potential innovations that can be considered as completely new known as ‘Riptide’ flow into SAFe structures that provide a solution. Smaller cheaper innovation flows into Kanban as a feature addition. Costly one flows as epic at a higher level.
“Don’t demand perfection but insist on continuous improvement”.
The organization reaches success, better revenue, and happy customers when they are trying continuously to improve. The improvement involves learning. The improvement includes:
Continuous Sense of Danger
It promotes all current and upgraded activities. Even the stories and features that originate from I&A are also merged into the work planned for PI.
Optimize the Whole
It suggests that the improvement should affect the whole system and not only the single part of the process or system. Learning and improvement of the complete process provide an opportunity for every domain individual to improve whole flow, quality, value, and customer satisfaction.
Culture of Problem Solving
It is also a drive for improvement. It treats the problem as an opportunity for learning and provides a blameless process with time and resources to employees.
Reflect at Key Milestones
To achieve the relentless improvement it is necessary to reflect on the main milestones achieved. There is no missing critical process or work. It helps in predictability, rigor to process, and consistency.
It leads to changes with help of problems that occurred and solutions on them and not by opinions and guesswork.
Many organizations misconception that today's processes, systems, and products will also lead to future success. But without learning and upgrading with changing time, there is no future of success for enterprises.