On Failure

Excerpt from a Project/Programmers Guide I wrote earlier when the year was just days old:

The goal of the project is to succeed. To succeed we can not be afraid of failure. We need to embrace failure. If we are going to fail — fail early.

If we fail early then we have time to change the decision and try something else. And not building a big plan up front that weeks will be wasted on until it ultimately fail.

To achieve early failure we need short aggressive cycles between confirmed success or failure. Make sure only a week, day or hour(s) are spent at most on a failed attempt.

Failure have a negative connotation to people. But failure is good — we learn about what’s not going to work in a controlled environment.

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