OPS03-BP05 Experimentation is encouraged - AWS Well-Architected Framework

OPS03-BP05 Experimentation is encouraged

Experimentation accelerates learning and keeps team members interested and engaged. An undesired result is a successful experiment that has identified a path that will not lead to success. Team members are not punished for successful experiments with undesired results. Experimentation is required for innovation to happen and turn ideas into outcomes.

Level of risk exposed if this best practice is not established: Medium

Implementation guidance

  • Experimentation is encouraged: Encourage experimentation to support learning and innovation.

    • Experiment with a variety of technologies: Encourage experimentation with technologies that may have applicability now or in the future to the achievement of your business outcomes. This knowledge may inform future innovation.

    • Experiment with a goal in mind: Encourage experimentation with specific goals for team members to reach for, or with technologies that may have applicability in the near future. This knowledge may inform your innovation.

    • Provide structured time to experiment: Dedicate specific times when team members can be free of their normal responsibilities, so that they can focus on their experiments.

    • Provide the resources to support experimentation: Fund the resources required to conduct experiments (for example, software, or cloud resources).

    • Acknowledge success: Recognize the value yielded by experimentation. Understand that experiments with undesired outcomes are successful and have identified a path that will not lead to success. Team members are not punished for undesired outcomes from experiments.