To fail is to succeed…
Through a focus on learning lessons based on fast, cheap and simple experimentation, you can make rapid advancement and course correction at a micro level. The ability for a team or company to create a steady stream of information, interpret the meaning and act on that information directly correlates to a sense of “how agile” they are. The smaller the experiment, the smaller the risk, the smaller the impact of error and the sum of these smaller probabilities over a multiple iteration effort can have a major impact on providing micro course correction adjustments. The delta between the signal, interpretation and response is a metric used to gauge effectiveness.
I believe that good Scrum Masters know the value of experimentation, both as a risk mitigation tool and as a means of ensuring that they see continuous quality improvement as a dedication to reducing the cycle time of the feedback loops in the team.
Consider that to fail is to succeed in rapidly learning what doesn’t work. When knowledge is our primary goal, we value ways to acquire both positive and negative information in the fastest and cheapest ways possible, to me this is what Agile is all about.