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There are several additional practices that can help you get the most out of discovery-driven planning:
The game industry is constantly changing, often with breathtaking speed. In an industry that changes so quickly, the greatest danger comes when we stop learning and adapting. One of the key benefits of discovery-driven planning is that it not only encourages but actively enforces learning at the very highest levels of the organization.
Although change is inevitable and not all risks can be managed or even anticipated, we can only benefit from improving our ability to understand, analyze, and manage what risks we can.
Discovery-driven planning is an immensely useful tool for managing uncertainty and inculcating a risk focus into existing organizations. It forces managers to articulate what they don't know so that they can orient the project toward learning the unknowns and reducing overall project risk. It also ensures that the planning process takes the big picture into account, cleanly separates the knowns from the unknowns, and allows the team to learn as much as possible, as quickly as possible, and at the lowest possible cost.
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The author would like to thank Wharton School Professor Ron Pierantozzi for his contributions to this article.