Success is Bigger Than Not Failing: A passionate plea for criteria

Short Form


We talk a lot about minimum viable products, and building our products up from small features. We talk a lot about failure, and how to learn from it and not replicate failures over and over again. But what I haven’t heard a lot of discussion about is how we know we’ve succeeded. Is it market share? Usable product? Could understanding and setting a measurable, achievable goals help us overcome imposter syndrome, second sock syndrome, and feature creep?


This talk provides some metrics on identifying success, documenting what it will look like when you get there, preserving the idea, and dealing with the inevitable distractions and changes in direction that may prevent you from ending up where you expect.

I plan to speak on the intersections of success and agile, culture, toxic work cultures, employee performance, and salary negotiation. I think that we have a cultural reluctance to state our end goals because we don’t believe that they will persist. But this very skittishness makes it more likely that we will accomplish only partial victories.


success, culture, salary negotiation, agile

Speaking experience

2 years at Write the Docs, 2 years at OSB, various presentations in media fandom. Original talk.