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Fail Fast Means Learn Fast

by Rui Miguel Ferreira on  Jul 04, 2014

Failing fast and often is one of the encouraged practices for agile teams. Sander Hoogendoorn, author of the This is Agile book discusses on his blog the importance of having a strategy that helps you on the decision of aborting a project by assuming its failure on an early stage.

Working with Investors as a Lean Startup

by Ben Linders on  Mar 13, 2014

Entrepreneurs using lean startup can work with investors to raise capital for their business. Business plans from lean startups often differ from traditional startups and lean startup encourages learning from failure and to pivot, which might scare off investors. Can entrepreneurs and investors together use the lean startup approach to do fundraising?

Attitudes for Sustainable Lean Startup Teams

by Ben Linders on  Mar 11, 2014

Ramli John gave an ignite talk about the minimum viable attitudes for lean startup teams at the 2013 lean startup conference. According to Ramli there are three attitudes that help teams to run lean sustainable over time: humbleness, hunger and happiness.

How Can You Learn Early and Fast?

by Ben Linders on  Dec 26, 2013

Agile suggest that teams should fail-fast to enable quick learning from mistakes. Learning from failure is one approach, you can also learn early and fast from successes, by doing experimentation, or by using a plan for knowledge acquisition.

Testing Resiliency at PagerDuty Without a Simian Army

by Manuel Pais on  Nov 12, 2013

Doug Barth, from PagerDuty, talked at DevOps Days London about their approach to start resiliency testing their systems without dedicating a lot of automation effort upfront. The goal was to quickly start learning about failure points and openly discuss how to fix them with only one hour per week of effort.

Learning from Failures with The Lean Startup

by Ben Linders on  May 02, 2013 2

The lean startup is about fast delivery of desired products to customers, and increasing your understanding about the needs of customers. With the lean startup, people can learn faster from failures and become better innovators. There are teachers that use a lean startup based approach in education, which helps their students to learn faster.

Avoiding Downtime When Cloud Services Fail

by Abel Avram on  Jul 03, 2012

Another AWS outage hit several large websites and their services last week. What can be done to avoid downtime? Architect for failover not just for scale.

Adopting Agile in an Environment of Fear

by Amr Elssamadisy on  Jul 25, 2011 3

Agile adoption and transformation is sometimes effective, and sometimes not. Is there a common thread to the failures? Does fear have anything to do with it? And what can we expect if we start an agile adoption initiative in an environment that is full of fear?

All Right It Failed, What Next?

by Vikas Hazrati on  Jun 29, 2011 2

Usually failures result in anger, frustration and playing the blame game. However, failures are wasted if there is no learning from them. How can Agile teams make failures beautiful?

Commercial Interests Censoring Failures

by Amr Elssamadisy on  Jun 20, 2011 2

Philippe Kruchten described the Agile movement as "The agile movement is in some ways a bit like a teenager: very self-conscious, checking constantly its appearance in a mirror, accepting few criticisms..." and shared a list of twenty elephants in the room - uncomfortable issues that are ignored on purpose. The first of these unmentionables is that commercial interests are censoring failures.

Amazon EC2 Outage Explained and Lessons Learned

by Abel Avram on  Apr 29, 2011 1

Amazon has published a detailed report on the service failure plaguing one availability zone in the US East Region. The online media is full with analysis, commentaries and lessons to be learned from the event.

Lessons Learned from Skype’s Outage

by Abel Avram on  Dec 30, 2010 11

On December 22nd, 1600 GMT, the Skype services started to become unavailable, in the beginning for a small part of the users, then for more and more, until the network was down for about 24 hours. A week later, Lars Rabbe, CIO at Skype, explained what happened in a post-mortem analysis of the outage.

Code is the Culprit! Always?

by Vikas Hazrati on  Dec 14, 2010 17

Multiple reasons can be quoted for the failure of software projects. Some projects fail because of bad requirements, others due to cost and schedule overrun and few simply due to bad management. If we do a root cause analysis, would all of the failed projects lead to bad code as the main culprit? Always?

Google Apps Has a Marketplace and Instant Failover

by Abel Avram on  Mar 23, 2010 1

The Google Apps Marketplace allows providers to create applications that integrate with Google Apps. The idea is to allow companies to integrate their own applications with Google’s applications serving some 2 million organizations totaling over 25 million individuals. Google also promises zero data loss and instant failover for Google Apps customers.

Scrum/Agile Failings or the Theses of Uncle Bob Martin

by Mark Levison on  Feb 11, 2010 6

In response to a question about the Inherit Shortcomings of Scrum/Agile - Uncle Bob Martin penned (in the spirit of Martin Luther), 7 theses: No Technical Practices, 30 Day Sprints are too long, Scrum Master sometimes turns into Project Manager, Scrum carries an anti-management undercurrent, and others.

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