Failure hurts, it really hurts

June 16, 2011

I really like this short, but to the point, post from Johnnie (which I am going to reprint in full)


It seems like everyone is singing the benefits of fast failure these days. Avoid blame cultures! Throw mud at the wall! Just give it a try! If it doesn’t work, no big deal.

I get it. We’re so very agile, don’t you know.

But I also sense a big disconnect between the theory and the practice – in my own life and in those of many others I see.

I suspect part of the problem is that the idea of fast failure often comes bundled up with a notion of toughness. As in, “get over it”. We humans don’t really like the idea of being vulnerable. even though in many ways¬†we are. Failure hurts, even if it shouldn’t. Noble failure probably hurts even more.

Is there room for that in an agile world? Just asking.


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