Experimentation with experiments


Recently, we at MindLab have launched several experiments in order to practice to be better at experimenting. We believe that development requires experimental thinking.


In recent months, MindLab have experimented with ways to nudge each other into taking better pictures, when we facilitate workshops; how we systematically benefit from each other’s work; how we can become better at cleaning crumbs of the kitchen table and much more. By experimenting with small everyday things as well as larger project related things, we have practiced how to be better at experimenting.

As in many other workplaces, we have overcrowded inboxes and tons of meetings. We have built up habits, routines and procedures for how we believe we best solve our daily tasks. But we have also realized that if we do not create a space, where we can try new things, we risk missing the good ideas and overlook clever shortcuts.

Obstructing the daily life
Therefore, a small project team set a frame-up experiment to test what it takes to get MindLabbers to experiment more in the everyday life. The team has developed a protocol you fill out if you want to set up an experiment, and nothing is too big or too small to be experimented with. Some has made it a dogma to set up an experiment, and for others it has been a welcoming opportunity to bring life to ideas that were already in stock. Common for all the experiments has been the chance to look up from the work desk, zoom out a little and ask oneself whether it is worth verifying or challenging the way things are done right now.


There is this ideal that if you just know enough, you can make the ideal decision. But I think that if you try enough times, you can make the ideal decision. It’s basically what the experiment can do: Prepare me to make a good decision.



No hocus pocus

A public sector that wants to be ahead of the development of society can find great help in thinking experimentally. It is an excellent method to quickly achieve desired knowledge, create results or change behavior. Basically, it is about testing a hypothesis: To test if reality reacts as you imagen it will – to act out a solution instead of thinking it.

The overall experiment will run until May 1st, and you can follow the results on MindLab’s website.
You can find the protocol for experiments here; it is only available in Danish.

Listen to MindLab’s reflections on experimenting.
It is only available in Danish, but this app may be helpful.