Fail Fast and Fall Forward: dev@Impact
Jacqi Levy 270003E0DF JALEVY@US.IBM.COM | | Tags:  ibmimpact cloud bluemix dev@impact
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“Fail fast, and fall forward.”
Edwin Aoki’s words during this morning’s Dev@Impact keynote reflect a shift in how many approach their work. Developers especially should embrace experimentation and be willing to make big bets – some of which will reap big rewards.
Aoki, Senior Technologist and Architect at PayPal, reminded us that an agile organization should take advantage of agile technology and its vibrant, involved communities. In fact, Aoki noted, developers should turn laziness into a strength. Rather than starting from scratch, begin with proven code and invest resources in adding differentiable value.
IBM BlueMix aims to help by providing a platform of proven code that can serve as a launching point for bigger things. As Matt Waldbusser, BlueMix Product Manager, noted, the best solutions come when developers can move quickly, see results, learn by tinkering, and safely experiment without worrying about pricing right away. By fostering an environment where such tinkering is encouraged – and better yet, celebrated – you’re freeing your brightest coders to come up with something truly great.
Angel Diaz, IBM VP of Open Technologies and Cloud Performance, framed the keynote with three mantras, and got the audience to repeat them in unison:
Todd Watson offers far more great detail on Dev@Impact, but I’ll keep these three mantras in mind for some time to come.