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Learning fast to stay relevant

Kent Greenes writes Learning fast to stay relevant in a flat world in his Future of the Future column at KMWorld.  It's a nice, brief description of the Lessons Learned process as practiced by the US Army and as described in Learning to Fly.  I also like the link Kent makes to the importance of learning and reflection.

Here is the checklist he presents in the article for learning before, during and after.  I see the goal of a process of ongoing improvement in these:

To "learn before doing" at the start of your day or any activity:

  • What is supposed to happen today?
  • How will I know if I'm successful?
  • What knowledge do I need to get what I want done, and where can I get it?
  • What help do I need?

To "learn while doing" in the middle of a task or activity:

  • What was supposed to happen up until now?
  • What has actually happened?
  • Why are 1 and 2 different?
  • What can I learn and do about it right now?

To "learn after doing" at the end of the day or a task:

  • What stands out for me that is new or different?
  • What should I repeat next time I do this, and why?
  • What should I do different next time, and why?
  • Who else may be facing similar challenges and might find this useful?

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