Fail Fast, Fail Early (at what?)

by Dwayne Phillips

Fail fast, fair early is a mantra in today’s knowledge work. Sometimes, however, we are confused about what is a failure.

Fail fast, fail early! (Some persons say it the other way around and mean the same thing.) The idea is simple:

1 Try something
2 Learn something
3 Adjust
4 Go back to step 1.

“But we are not allowed to fail,” protest some. True. If you are a firefighter, you need to extinguish the…