The cult of the minimum viable product: lowering expectations from greater capabilities

The two recent launch failures illustrates the downside of over-reliance of the concept of the new design approaches of the minimum viable product. The modern design approach distrusts our ability to understand physics and compute mathematics to generate hard requirements. Instead we want to focus on short design sprints to get something minimally capable in the field so we can employ our supposedly superior design approach of learning from actual failures. The new approach conveniently sets our expectations that failures will occur because they must occur in order for us to get a better design. Rocket science will perpetually be rocket science in its original meaning of being hard. Computing technologies are only useful to tracking data about the inevitable failures.

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