Henry Petrovski

Henry Petroski’s birthday today, the father of embracing failure in engineering. And possibly the heir to the failure embracing guruship is Amy C. Edmonson. Her oft-cited failure piece in Harvard Business Review offers some how-to’s for designing your undertaking for successful failure…

  • Test normal circumstances (rather than optimal ones)
  • Goal to learn (rather than promote)
  • Reward failure (rather than just successful outcome)
  • Embrace changes (rather than ignoring findings of test)