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Navigating Innovation: Embracing Failure on the Road to Success

In the exhilarating innovation journey, here's a hard-hitting truth: at least half of those brilliant ideas on your team's roadmap will hit a roadblock. Tough pill to swallow? Absolutely. But it's the dynamic reality of creating groundbreaking value for customers and the business.

Legendary innovator Thomas Edison once said, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." Failure is not a setback; it's a compass guiding your team towards success.

High-performing teams don't shy away from the uncertain terrain—they navigate it confidently with agility. They possess a mindset that thrives on facing challenges with openness and continuous learning. They run experiments to test their riskiest assumptions, gather evidence, make data-driven decisions, and fearlessly follow where it leads, their modus operandi. Why? Because it will help them find the fastest path to value. They are not fixated on one solution or a fixed roadmap but focus on solving the customer's problem to achieve the desired outcomes.

A shift in perspective is required. Your team's roadmap is not just a list of projects but an opportunity to learn, adapt, and ultimately triumph.

Ed Catmull, Co-founder of Pixar, once stated, "There is a sweet spot between the known and the unknown where originality happens; the key is to be able to linger there without panicking." So, let's redefine the roadmap as a team's guide through uncharted waters, leading to discoveries that redefine what's possible to solve the critical customer problems that allow the team to achieve the desired outcomes.

In the words of Albert Einstein, "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." Allow your team to make mistakes, explore the unknown, and transform your roadmap into an opportunity that turns rapid learning and failure into the fuel for unparalleled success, accelerating their ability to deliver customer and business value.