“Going backwards” is a metaphor for doing things wrong. Why is that?
- It costs us more on our projects when we have to waste money and energy discarding where we’ve been, only to cover the same–or similar–ground again.
- It takes longer to create shippable work when we’re busy reworking what we’ve already made.
- We’re no good at it, are we? We don’t tend to plan for–or practice–reversing as much as we do going forward.
Reversing means going back and doing it again. Rerouting means changing course for the better with the path of learning still intact.
The path to progress is as important as the progress itself.
Our work is too important to throw that away with Reverse gear.