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LAMDA and Agility: Cut From The Same Cloth?

LAMDA is an abbreviation associated with Lean Product and Process Development. The letters respectively mean Look, Ask, Model, Discuss, and Act. This means that a problem is to be observed, then the cause ought to be queried. Following this, data analysis, simulations, prototypes etc. and once this phase has concluded the findings, and subsequent ideas are to be outlined, and assessed between peers, mentors and the developers. Then, of course, the idea must be tested. And the cycle resumes.


The LAMDA cycle provides space for knowledge creation, where data can be converted into usable knowledge, with physical forms, and stored in a variety of easy-to-access formats such as Design Checklists (a review of the a design process to verify whether it has the critical components needed to work), Trade-Off Curves (the physical generalisation of findings to be reused in the duration of current and subsequent projects) and Knowledge Briefs (a summarised document which reflects upon what has been learned through various prototypes and experiments). These administrative tools can be recovered, reused and improved upon over time


This idea very much resembles the idea of a scrum. Scrum is a term used to describe the process of the practice of working in set intervals, also known as “sprints”, with the goal of quickly gathering information & feedback and implementing it into the work.


In agile workplaces, scrums are commonplace, they exist with the purpose of quick-turnarounds and acquiring results at an accelerated pace; teams all focusing on the same goal, to eliminate obstacles, instead of being spread too thin and potentially having all of the work done be cast away due to no longer being fit for purpose.


A scrum’s feedback stage is similar to the fallout of LAMDA’s discussion stage: with the idea of interpersonal communication and feedback being the top priority, subsequently reducing extraneous tasks that may have been added for the sake of pleasing a client with no interest in it. For example, if you were caught in torrential rain, and could purchase an umbrella at the corner shop, would the colour matter? No, you would rather have a gaudy neon pink brolly than be soaked to the bone.



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He is a design thinking expert, Sr. enterprise, portfolio Agile Coach with over a decade of experience working as an Agile coach in diverse industries such as banking, pharma, retail, auto, oil, gas, consulting and government.

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