Failure: Why It Happens & How to Benefit from It

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 2:45pm3:30pm

VM (Vicky) Brasseur, Hewlett Packard Enterprise


Projects fail in droves. Up to 90% of new businesses fail within 10 years. Screws fall out all the time; the world is an imperfect place.

Just because it happens doesn’t mean we can’t do our best to prevent it or—at the very least—to minimize the damage when it does. As a matter of fact, embracing failure can be one of the best things you do for your project. Failure is a vital part of evolution. By learning to love failure we learn how to take the next step forward. Ignoring or punishing failure leads to stagnation and wasted potential.

During this session I'll cover:

  • The most common causes for failure
  • Suggestions for how to avoid failing
  • How to use failure to your advantage

VM (Vicky) Brasseur, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

In VM's (aka Vicky) nearly 20 years in the tech industry she has been an analyst, programmer, product manager, software engineering manager, director of software engineering, and C-level technical business consultant. She currently is proud to be a Senior Engineering Manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, working in service to a team 100% dedicated to open source development. Vicky is the winner of the Perl White Camel Award (2014) and the O'Reilly Open Source Award (2016).

Vicky occasionally blogs at {anonymous => 'hash'};, often writes and is a moderator for, and frequently tweets at @vmbrasseur.

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@conference {201585,
author = {VM (Vicky) Brasseur},
title = {Failure: Why It Happens \& How to Benefit from It},
year = {2016},
address = {Boston, MA},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = dec

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