Accelerating Team Maturity by Failing Faster with One Week Sprints

Posted by Charles Galoppe

When I think about failing, I remember so many great quotes. There are a few that have stuck with me over the years:

“If you’re not failing, you’re not trying hard enough.”

“Doing nothing is worse than failing.”

“The fast way to succeed is to double your failure rate.”

You might be thinking, ‘...is number three even a real quote?’ The answer is yes; the quote comes from Thomas J. Watson, the founder of IBM. My impression of this quote is that the faster we fail, the quicker we learn, the sooner we succeed. To that point, this means to learn to ride a bike, maybe even a backward bike, we must fall more often. To accelerate a team’s maturity for higher degrees of success, we can increase the speed and frequency of failure (e.g. Feedback). So how do we do that? We do that by creating shorter experiments.

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