Always Reiterating

By Groundswell participant, Tye M.

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There’s an important distinction between Critique and Criticism as a basic google search will turn up which states the following at the top of google’s results bar, which states:

    A critique is a detailed evaluation of something. The formal way to request one is “give me your critique,” though people often say informally “critique this” meaning “evaluate it thoroughly.” But "critique” as a verb is not synonymous with “criticize” and should not be routinely substituted for it.

Another way of looking at it would be that critique is an in depth analysis of the topic in question. I make this distinction because it’s a good way to summarize the process we’ve been told again and again here at Groundswell which is, welcome critique, invite feedback, ask questions, talk to as many people as possible.

     “Get out there and buy someone a coffee.”  ¬ Gilad

“Your R&D budget should be less than 100 dollars” Gilad says. “It should be buying them a cup of coffee and meeting with people in your industry 3 hours minimum every week, online, phone or in person.” These words rang true for me and my own interactions within the gaming community and leaders I’ve met in their respective industries.

For myself, it’s been a time of great reflection and deep personal questioning, I come into the program with a clear outline of my approach but lacking many of the traits that define a truly great leader. These traits are, in my mind; being reliable and consistent, providing a safe productive space to work in, clear objectives and valuing people’s time and expertise.

There are countless others, but those are what come off the top of my head after years of studying psychology, philosophy, small business management, sociology and finally child, family and community studies at Douglas College. Great school, I highly recommend it.

All that aside, we wrap up nearly 2 months of Personal Development this next week heading into our  “A Taste of Groundswell” event on November 1st and I invite anyone and everyone to come see what the space is like to meet some of our alumni, community partners and ourselves with free music and entertainment throughout the evening.

I’m excited to see everyone’s ideas take shape and to share some of my own soon but for now I’d like to come back to discussing the process of reiteration with an example of the Build-Measure-Learn loop from The Lean Startup movement.

Above is a detailed example of a process of reiteration applied through the lens of a new startup testing a minimal viable product, otherwise known as an MVP. The purpose of the MVP is “that version of the product that enables a full turn of the Build-Measure-Learn loop with a minimal amount of effort and the least amount of development time.”

Essentially, the process is to enable us to test our ideas in tangible ways and receive critical feedback to collect and study. With the goal of reducing the amount of time and resources required to build the next product designed to provide the greatest amount of learning and feedback.

My reason for providing this as a sample is three-fold. First as a reflection of the content we are covering at Groundswell, second, as a tool for those who might otherwise not be so familiar and third, to set the tone moving from personal to business development.

It is with great excitement that I welcome anyone reading this to find heart in practical solutions here at Groundswell in an environment filled with heart-led entrepreneurs and change-makers in the making. Always keep a fresh perspective and know that there is no perfect way of doing things, only a better way to do things. Invite feedback, welcome critique and never get too comfortable. Otherwise you’re not questioning and will stagnate, seems to be the message moving forward these days.

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