Heuristics are useful, especially in the complex world in which we find ourselves. Unfortunately, they’re often underutilized, and the notion of heuristics is largely misunderstood. What we frequently find instead are platitudes that, while inspiring, do little to help us determine our next step. In fact, I have my own set of these platitudes that I’ve dubbed north stars.
So why are heuristics useful? They’re immediately enactable, straight forward, and they can help us determine what to do next in real time. Consider this heuristic from the Marine Corps:
Capture the high ground. Stay in touch. Keep moving.
Clear, right? Hell! Anyone–with or without military experience–can appreciate the advice, I think. So why aren’t we using these more often and in our own agile contexts? That changes today, and it starts with my own.[Read more…]