Bias to Action

Stanford's School Retool program talks about three core aspects of a Hacking Mindset: Bias to Action, Fail Forward to Learn and Start Small.

Bias to Action is a critical first step in the developing a new innovation mindset, because a challenges us to step into the unknown with an aspiration, not a plan.

Most of us were trained as planners where we don't move forward unless we have our entire plan mapped out. Once that has been defined, we execute against that plan and judge our success based upon how well we followed that plan.

The problem is, that when the challenge is very complex, we tend often individually or organizationally get stuck in a place of stasis. We can't act, because we are note able to figure out how to develop a plan. So we don't move. We know change is needed, but we are left with a vague hope that someone else, in the future, can create the change that is needed

Few things are as complex as the education ecosystem, either globally or locally. Even if we all know it needs to be re-imagined, there is no one who can confidently develop a master plan for this transformation.

So it is up to individuals to try small experiments. We call them Hacks. By just trying something, know it may fail, allows us to quickly learn from that hack, giving us insight that guides our next hack, creating fast, iterative Learning Cycles.