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Action Inquiry, for Active Learning

This builds off of Creation from Chaos, and the Eric Ries-Lean Startup inspirations. It is similar as a theoretical framework for business/leadership. Bill Torbert's Action Inquiry is a useful framework to prevent "analysis paralysis."

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Being a pseudo-intellectual (maybe not so pseudo), I have experienced analysis paralysis and it is debilitating for business. I've also worked in groups where everything was over-analyzed and second guessed.

I'm suggesting Action Inquiry as an inspiration because it advocates getting into action and doing something. Simply set a vision and goal and jump into the first steps right away. Upon completing the first action reflect on its results, revise and repeat.

It's honestly a lot more sophisticated than this short explanation, but it fits the lean start-up and agile methodologies well. Additionally, its a useful approach to allowing for progressive elaboration from the PMI project management methodology.

Okay time to get out of my head and back onto the ground!


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Photo of Arjan Tupan

Good inspiration. Doing is very important. But analysing is as well, as long as it doesn't paralyse.
It looks very much like Deming, doesn't it?

Photo of Matthew Collins

Ah yes, that one. Took me a minute (on Wikipedia!) to remember Deming's "Plan-do-check-act" cycle. Definitely the same lines of thought.