Pattern: Reduce Cost of Experimentation

When someone has an idea that requires validation, the costs of doing experiments around it needs to be as low as possible

Reduce Cost of Experimentation

A company is moving into cloud native with little understanding of tooling and technologies.Uncertainty is very high. New ideas and solutions come up all the time, andthe team has to run a variety of validation experiments to select the best ones.

In This Context

There are significant barriers to experimentation in the organization: permission is required, and the related planning, documentation, and coordination meetings take a lot of time. Then actually getting the results afterward typically requires a significant wait. As a result, engineers will often skip experimentation and move directly to execution.


Put in place a simple, straightforward, and seamless process for doing experiments.When experimentation is central to an organization’s process and progress,it needs to be an inexpensive and easily accessible action.Outline and publicize a process, or provide periodic training. for how to create appropriate hypotheses with measures and then design small experiments to test them. Aim to remove bureaucratic roadblocks such as managerial approvals and extensive documentation for every action, while providing technical infrastructure that is light, fully automated, and requires only a tiny budget.


More experiments take place. Instead of extensive research and guessing when a complex problem arises, a rapid process of hypothesis/results/analysis provides the solution.