Wired on Failing Early & Often

Wired Magazine’s January issue is a survey of one of our favorite topics: failing early and often. Several of the stories highlight the value of a diverse team in creating breakthroughs (a.k.a. radical collaboration.)

In case you don’t have time to read the whole issue, here’s a highlight:

“The diverse lab, in contrast, mulled the problem at a group meeting. None of the scientists were protein experts, so they began a wide-ranging discussion of possible solutions… the intellectual mix generated a distinct type of interaction in which the scientists were forced to rely on metaphors and analogies to express themselves… These abstractions proved essential for problem-solving, as they encouraged the scientists to reconsider their assumptions. Having to explain the problem to someone else forced them to think, if only for a moment, like an intellectual on the margins, filled with self-skepticism.”