There is a system of thought which holds that after forming a hypothesis, it is possible, in certain contexts, to test one or more assumptions on which the hypothesis is based. For instance, in Scrum, empiricism holds that knowledge is based on experience, and that decision-making should be based on what it is possible to observe, and to learn from. A key concept is that it’s possible to articulate and to implement a small, atomic unit of functionality that a customer might find valuable. By gradually making individual components of value available to that customer, it becomes possible to better understand what that customer wants over time. In this fashion, each subsequent delivery of value results in a more fully formed picture of what the customer wants, and either proves or disproves a particular hypothesis about customer needs and desires.
Authored by Philip Rogers
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