HBR summarise the article in their 'Management tip of the Day':
"Research has found that learning agility – the ability to grow and to use new strategies – is a good indicator of whether someone can be a high performer. Learning-agile employees are able to jettison skills and ideas that are no longer relevant and learn new ones that are. To cultivate learning agility in yourself, try:
- Innovating. Seek out new solutions. Repeatedly ask yourself “What else?” and “What are more ways I could approach this?”
- Performing. When faced with complex situations, look for similarities to your past projects. Practice calming techniques, and listen instead of simply reacting.
- Reflecting. Seek out input from others. Ask colleagues what you could have done better.
- Risking. Look for “stretch assignments” where success isn’t a given.
- Avoid defending. Acknowledge your failures and capture the lessons you’ve learned."
A few examples where learning come into play in FIA.
- Innovating: generating, exploring, and screening scenarios, alternatives are key activities of the Bare Bones Architecting Inquiry Process.
- Performing: looking at the past (the past-scenario) is a part of the general scenario map and recommended to address . Thinking about analogies, similarities is a key activity of BBAIP. Listening is a key green collaborative attitude, practice of BBAIP.
- Reflecting: another key reasoning pattern explicitly encouraged and practiced in BBAIP.
- Risking: thinking outside the box, stretching is an explicit part of, reasoning pattern in, BBAIP, in its Explore, Develop and Assess step.
- Avoid defending: in the Motivate and Define step of BBAIP, shared intentions and rules of engagement are established for the architecting effort, including preferable collaborative attitudes and practices such defending. Lessons learned is an explicit part of the Communicate & Learn step of BBAIP.
All in all - Work Oriented Architecting is well equipped to perform.