Fail fast is misunderstood
Fail fast refers to:
Try something that has a potential of failing, but without taking a long time to find out.
- Upside is, a great change.
- Downside is we lost a little time.
- Regardless of success or failure of the experiment, we know now what did or did not work. We learned along the way.
The loss really isn’t a loss. We know now what didn’t work, so don’t plan around this for future projects. Often times you’ll see a lot of time and effort to plan and build up something that depends on this one feature. If that feature fails, a lot more time and opportunity lost for other projects.
The worst case is we loose a little time. We will always learn something along the way while attempting the idea, and worst case is we loose a little time.