Failure will happen. It’s what you do with it that counts. Design Smart Mistakes and Succeed Sooner with Fail Better.
Chart a better path to failure and away from it. The key to failing better: a method for making the most of every project.
Fail Better Book Overview
If you aim to innovate, failure is a given. It's what you do with it that counts. Fail Better shows you how to design mistakes at a scale, scope, and visibility that drive better outcomes, improve individual and team capacity, and build organization-wide learning.
The Antidote to Failure
You can't escape failure. A systems-based examination of failure's roots helps to establish why. Smart mistakes bring benefits.
Enabling productive failures calls for a systematic approach. We introduce the fail better method here: launch, iterate and embed.
Look here for very practical guidance on how to apply book's ideas to your work to start implementing the Fail Better method right away.
Fail Better: Step-by-Step
Lay the groundwork for a new project to enable effective learning and productive surprise.
Explore the three essential elements of iteration: planning, taking action while capturing data, and examining results to decide the next action step. Small steps can yield big results.
Embed what's been learned, and build on it-for yourself, the team, the organization, and beyond.
Moving From Ideas to Practice
Embrace the Fail Better mindset, a way of approaching challenges that you'll draw from to refine your own personal principles and approaches.
Delve into the design-for-learning principles behind the Fail Better method to help you understand and improvise from the foundation on which the approach is built.
See Fail Better principles in action through BRAC, an organization that over the course of four decades has achieved global change with limited resources.
Examine how the Fail Better approach could help make the world a better place through an example from the present and an inspiration from the past.
Could any project, anywhere, accomplish even more? We think so. Your next effort could home in on the right deliverables while uncovering new insights, building new capabilities, and enabling useful learning. Start with your next project, and you could help change the world.
“There are some clear choices in life: fail to learn or learn to fail. Although it’s not hard to make the right choice, it is hard to find a map for turning individual mistakes into the stepping stones of a mission-driven journey. Thankfully, Sastry and Penn offer us clear footprints to follow and even tell us how to customize the path to our own unique needs.”Una S. Ryan
Chair, Bay Area BioEconomy Initiative