Lean methods rely on an empirical method: an iterative loop of hypothesize, build, measure, learn, repeat. Taken to extremes, this method—often characterized as "move fast and break things"—leaves little time or space for the contemplation of second-order effects or impacts of a new technology.
Lean is also biased towards data that can be easily measured; as a result impacts that are not easily measured, including ethical or social effects, may not be adequately considered.
- Lean methodologies promote velocity at the expense of understanding
- Lean is a value system as well as a development methodology
- We tend to measure what is easy to measure, not what matters
- Cultural bias toward scientific models leaves us less equipped to interpret qualitative information.
- Accepting many small transgressions makes it easier to accept larger ones
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