Sunday, October 31, 2010

Hurray for Projects That Were Big Fat Failures

The blogger known as Librarian in Black caught my attention with a series of posts last week on failed projects.

On October 26, there was a "track" at the recent Internet Librarian 2010 conference in Monterrey, California entitled "Innovation, Risk & Failure" that concentrated on library projects and initiatives that went wrong. I have noticed that libraries seldom talk about anything that failed, which is odd. Maybe there is a huge hidden library cemetery somewhere where all of those failed projects have been secretly buried never to be talked about again.

Years ago, I worked in a dot com in Toronto that was part of a larger enterprise with many Internet properties. We thought it was wonderful if 3 or 4 out of 10 projects succeeded and the failures were what were truly interesting because they taught us so much.

Anyway, here are the 3 posts from the Librarian in Black:

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 5:36 pm


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