So what happens after you fail fast?

schedule Nov 5th 02:15 - 03:15 PM place 206 B people 6 Interested

"Fail fast" is only half the bumper (or laptop) sticker; and the other half isn't "fail often".

"Fail fast" isn't an invitation to engage in Pyrrhic victories or outright losses. In this talk I'll share how failure can be used as a ratcheting mechanism to increase the probability of long term success. I will draw upon not only my experience, but also the audience's, to elicit the kinds of failures that are worth seeking and those that are worth avoiding.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • Introduction
  • Activity: what's "failure", anyway?
  • Impact of failure
    • Resources spent before failure is made
    • Resources spent to detect failure
    • Resources spent after failure is detected
  • So what is "fail fast"?
  • The art and science of satisficing
  • Activity: how would you design to fail in these scenarios?
  • Documentation - the power of story-telling
  • Summary: the successful way to fail fast
  • Q/A

Learning Outcome

At the end of the presentation, an attentive and engaged audience member would be able to:

  • Distinguish between advisable and inadvisable ("smart" and "silly") ways to fail
  • Design ways to fail smartly in situations small and large
  • Detect when a silly way to fail is under foot

Target Audience

Software Architects -- who want to learn how to make meaningful mistakes

Prerequisites for Attendees

To get the maximum value from this talk, an audience member:

* Would have been part of a cross-functional software delivery team
* Would understand common, contemporary software development practices, viz: test-driven-development, continuous integration and deployment, pair programming, and iterative and incremental development (using user stories).

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