5 Ways To Make System Changes More Effective

Innovators want to change the underlying systems that are causing major problems of our time..

What makes radical innovation more systemic?

It's more strategic than operational

1.  Analyze the system you want to change - but not too much

If you dive into the current system too much and understand every detail, you tend to optimize instead of changing it. You don't need to be a passive recipient of a history.

2. Prototype and experiment - expect to be wrong

You gain insight with trial and error - tinkering is not a bad idea if you want to make something new, but radical experimentation and tinkering are not necessarily twins.

3. Organize a feed back cycle  - and learn

Changing is hard work, but if you do not present its interim results you will be unlikely successful. Presenting also helps you to understand what you did.

4. Don't do it alone - cooperate. cooperate. cooperate.

If you want to change, you need connections and alliances. This goes far beyond the agile development and reflection cycles.

5. Make it resilient - to recover quickly from difficulties

You want to do the difficult work and master all complexity. This may let you forget that there are traps, side effects, external influences, unintended consequences …

On the software development side there are a few approaches that help:
  • develop the bottom up fashion and use a symbolic declarative language (used to describe other languages) - that drives evolutionary prototyping and explorative, constructive learning. 
  • for resilience organize objets, models and methods orthogonally and build engines that implement your languages 
  • with computable documents you can make convincing presentations
  • provide a framework for data and a universal deployment system.
Remark: If your idea is so agreeable that everybody is going to support it immediately, it's not going to change ….