Don’t Move Fast and Break Things

Don’t Move Fast and Break Things

By now we have all heard the Facebook developers mantra "Move Fast and Break Things" which has supported the rapid development of the Facebook platform. This trial and error approach to software development has driven massive growth in the speed of software development.But as Facebook and others have learned the hard way there is a time to "move fast and break things" and a time to use caution. And still others like Boeing have learned tragically that this model of product development doesn't apply to every business.I work primarily with businesses that are more like Boeing. I'm all for moving fast, but if it involves breaking stuff you better be sure you are aware of the potential results. (more…)...
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Fail Forward

Fail Forward

I was reading today about a number of the biggest product failures of all time (kind of a fun read actually). One of the things that jumped out at me was the number of companies that are known for being really innovative that made the list of failures. Normally if you were to put together a list that included Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, and Starbucks you would be reviewing the "most innovative brands" or something similar.What does it tell you if some of the best-known innovators are also on the list of the biggest innovation failures of all time? Everybody fails. It's what you do with those failures thatEverybody fails. It's what you do with those failures that matters.If you look at these failures you can see how these innovative companies used them to "fail forward". They learned from the failure and turned that learning into future success.Just for fun let's highlight a few of the "big failures" to...
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