Something To Think About: Henry Petroski

Imminent Hard Disk Failure
By not important (Crop of a photo of a screen) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

When something succeeds, we learn little more from it than that it did succeed. When something fails, however, we are driven to try to understand why it failed. This leads us to investigate and study the failure until we get to the heart of the matter. The knowledge gained by studying failure enables us to design more successfully the next time.
–Henry Petroski

What have you learned from failure?

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