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.