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Are Failed Attempts Still an Option in the Pandemic?

The first Agile adopters came up with a catchphrase—‘fail fast, fail often’. It was an intriguing concept, but the purpose of the failed attempts was to eliminate the wrong options soon. It was also a motto against the 80s and 90s quality movement—‘do it right the first time’. In this article at Project Times, Elizabeth Larson shares how you can still make failed attempts to get the best option in a COVID-19 infected era.

Failed Attempts: Luxury or Essential?

When you talk about failed attempts in an agile development life cycle, it should include the following components:

  • Create prototypes faster and not lose time trying to perfect it.
  • Break complex projects into easy, manageable bits of work that you must complete within the iteration period.
  • Try out alternatives, brainstorm, test new ways, and learn from the retrospectives.

Real-world Case Studies

  • Instead of working in isolation and keeping things confidential, every country is sharing information to develop a foolproof vaccine for coronavirus. They are reporting their failed attempts and breakthroughs with equal transparency to achieve the common goal.
  • Linear development is no longer an option. While the scientists are working around the clock to develop vaccines, they are simultaneously manufacturing and distributing it.
  • Organizations are sharing information and discussing analysis to have greater visibility into the progress of vaccine development.
  • The virus is mutating further and is strengthening itself to penetrate the human body faster. With the help of AI, the timeline for the virus mutation study is reduced.
  • Since it is impossible to have human subjects to measure vaccine efficiency, AI is the perfect substitute. It is helping to identify the markers of infectious cells.

Failed attempts are necessary for agile teams to work better in the future. However, the efforts also need a critical thought process, leadership excellency, and a collaborative attitude.

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