Lean Methods Prevent Adequate Contemplation of Second-Order Effects

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.


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Bowles, Cennydd. “All These Worlds Are Yours.” Cennydd.Com (blog). Accessed July 11, 2021. https://cennydd.com/blog/all-these-worlds-are-yours.


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