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Fat Thinking and Economies of Variety
Leak before failure is a fascinating engineering principle, used in the design of things like nuclear power plants. The idea, loosely stated, is that things should fail in easily recoverable non-critical ways (such as leaks) before they fail in catastrophic ways (such as explosions or meltdowns). This means that various components and subsystems are designed with varying margins of safety, so that they fail at different times, under different conditions, in ways that help you prevent bigger disasters using smaller ones.
systems  failure 
july 2016 by sspela
A CV of failures : Naturejobs
So here is my suggestion. Compile an 'alternative' CV of failures. Log every unsuccessful application, refused grant proposal and rejected paper. Don't dwell on it for hours, just keep a running, up-to-date tally. If you dare — and can afford to — make it public. It will be six times as long as your normal CV. It will probably be utterly depressing at first sight. But it will remind you of the missing truths, some of the essential parts of what it means to be a scientist — and it might inspire a colleague to shake off a rejection and start again.
melaniestefan  failure  mistakes  cv 
march 2014 by sspela
Resiliency, Risk, and a Good Compass: Tools for the Coming Chaos | Wired Business |
There are nine or so principles to work in a world like this:
1.Resilience instead of strength, which means you want to yield and allow failure and you bounce back instead of trying to resist failure.
2.You pull instead of push. That means you pull the resources from the network as you need them, as opposed to centrally stocking them and controlling them.
3.You want to take risk instead of focusing on safety.
4.You want to focus on the system instead of objects.
5.You want to have good compasses not maps.
6.You want to work on practice instead of theory. Because sometimes you don’t why it works, but what is important is that it is working, not that you have some theory around it.
7.It disobedience instead of compliance. You don’t get a Nobel Prize for doing what you are told. Too much of school is about obedience, we should really be celebrating disobedience.
8.It’s the crowd instead of experts.
9.It’s a focus on learning instead of education.
chaos  michaelcopeland  innovation  thinking  education  learning  crowd  experts  compliance  disobedience  principles  practice  theory  compass  maps  failure  pull  push  safety  risk  resilience  joiito  systems 
july 2012 by sspela
The Pokayoke Guide to Developing Software
"Once you have a basic idea, you don’t need to go into a ton of detail about it. But since you’re the kind of creative person that likes coming up with ideas, you will anyway. You’ll constantly come up with all sorts of cool features or add-ons or uses and whatnot. These are not important, which means that they’ll distract you unless you do something with them. So put them all in a Lenin Document. A Lenin Document is just a description of what the maximalist version of your idea will look like, starting from the core features (it will be able to make phone calls) and working out toward the more obscure (it’ll have an app that will let you control your toaster from bed!)."
failure  pokayoke  mistakes  chaosmonkey  smart  teams  details  doingstuff  projects  work  ideas  aaronswartz 
june 2012 by sspela
A Very New Thing: Dan Pinchbeck « Electron Dance
"You have an amazing safety net in academia, because failure means something different. If you are a developer and you take a risk and it doesn't pay off, you're in real trouble. As an academic, if you take a risk and it doesn't pay off, provided it fails in a way that is interesting and pushes the dialogue about the ideas further, that's still a positive thing."
safetynet  safety  interesting  danpinchbeck  risk  science  research  academia  failure 
june 2012 by sspela
Segal's law - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure.
systems  failure  errors  mistakes  certainty  decisions  time  watch  toomuchinformation  segal  law  information 
may 2012 by sspela
Crash-only software - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Crash-only software also has benefits for end-users. All too often, applications do not save their data and settings while running, only at the end of their use. For example, word processors usually save settings when they are closed. A crash-only application is designed to save all changed user settings soon after they are changed, so that the persistent state matches that of the running machine. No matter how an application terminates (be it a clean close or the sudden failure of a laptop battery), the state will persist."
disaster  failure  save  stop  crashing  crash  software 
may 2012 by sspela
Coding Horror: Working with the Chaos Monkey
When you work with the Chaos Monkey, you quickly learn that everything happens for a reason. Except for those things which happen completely randomly. And that's why, even though it sounds crazy, the best way to avoid failure is to fail constantly.
chaosmonkey  chaos  software  work  failure 
march 2012 by sspela — Bear with us, while we think.
Science needs time to think. Science needs time to read, and time to fail. Science does not always know what it might be at right now. [...] We do need time to think. We do need time to digest. We do need time to mis­understand each other, especially when fostering lost dialogue between humanities and natural sciences. We cannot continuously tell you what our science means; what it will be good for; because we simply don’t know yet. Science needs time."
science  slow  slowscience  manifesto  longnow  thinking  failure  notknowing  research  time  speed 
november 2011 by sspela
Six Keys to Being Excellent at Anything - Tony Schwartz - Harvard Business Review
"If you want to be really good at something, it's going to involve relentlessly pushing past your comfort zone, as well as frustration, struggle, setbacks and failures. That's true as long as you want to continue to improve, or even maintain a high level of excellence. The reward is that being really good at something you've earned through your own hard work can be immensely satisfying."
tonyschwartz  excellence  practice  motivation  failure  comfortzone  frustration  satisfaction 
october 2011 by sspela
The Renaissance man: how to become a scientist over and over again | Not Exactly Rocket Science | Discover Magazine
“The reason is that most projects fail,” he says. “If the project you know a lot about fails, you haven’t gained anything. If a project you know relatively little about fails, you potentially have a bunch of new and better ideas.”
science  ideas  failure  erezliebermanaiden 
june 2011 by sspela
Positively Terrified | The Do Village
The discrepancy of being good at something and having a passion for something are immense. A lot of the time realising that there is a difference between the two seems even harder. Yet once it creeps up in the back of your mind, there is no getting rid of it. The feeling grows until you have to take action of some kind.

Which is why having the integrity to quit something, to explore alternatives – to figure out what I’d enjoy more – is the easiest and the hardest thing at the same time. Hard, because, completely aside from the fact that it might entail struggling for money, it might also mean realising that said alternative still isn’t what I was looking for. Easy, because once I have made this decision it just feels right – it’s anticipation mixed with fear, and feeling positively terrified about what is to come.
change  decisions  failure  life  fear  passion 
may 2011 by sspela
Tim Harford's Adapt: How to fund research so that it generates insanely great ideas, not pretty good ones. - By Tim Harford - Slate Magazine
"Here's the thing about failure in innovation: It's a price worth paying. We don't expect every lottery ticket to pay a prize, but if we want any chance of winning that prize, then we buy a ticket."
innovation  research  ideas  success  failure  timharford 
may 2011 by sspela
The Wrong Stuff : On Air and On Error: This American Life's Ira Glass on Being Wrong
"[...] being wrong is really important to doing decent work. To do any kind of creative work well, you have to run at stuff knowing that it's usually going to fail. You have to take that into account and you have to make peace with it."
failure  iraglass  wrong  interview  doingstuff  mistakes 
june 2010 by sspela

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