May 15, 2012 09:56 BST ComputerWorldUK today published an article by Ray Scott, Director of Agile Services at GT Agile, the consultancy division of Grid-Tools Ltd.
Failure is only a stepping stone to future successMar 21, 2012 12:06 GMT
IT project failure is an acceptable outcome - what matters is what you do when you find it
By Ray Scott | Computerworld UK | Published 12:15, 20 March 12
People mostly want to perform at their best; they want to be recognised for leading, winning and generally improving. On the flip side, few wish to be perceived as getting worse, failing, or not trying their best. As such, we often hide failure from others.
My experiences in the software industry have taught me that the word “Failure” is rarely welcomed. Many times, I have been advised to use alternate words such as “unscheduled issues”, “unquantifiable bottlenecks” and my personal favourite, “undocumented features”. Regardless of how you define failure, failure is an acceptable outcome in any project. What matters is what you do when you find it.
It takes hard work and an iterative determination to create a product that people want to use. James Dyson, the inventor of the Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner created over 1,000 versions before going to market. This may seem a lot for a product that already had a foothold in most households; however, Mr Dyson had a vision to make a better, more efficient product that consumers did not recognise they may have wanted. Although, each and every incarnation of the vacuum brought to light another issue; Dyson learnt from the issue and made incremental success with the subsequent products. A similar process should exist in software production, where we have a vision for a product, we plan how it will be built and we make incremental success out of failed builds and tests until we reach a point where the product can go to market. Developing software requires a Product focus with a mind set where failure is accepted as passage to success.
Read the full article here: http://www.computerworlduk.com/advice/it-business/3345479/failure-is-only-stepping-stone-future-success/