Absolutely! In R&T we have to be daring because we’re supposed to work on the edge. When I was learning to ski my father told me that he knew I wasn’t taking enough risks because I rarely fell – in R&T we have the rare privilege to push boundaries, even over the limit, in order to learn. If we never fail we aren’t pushing those boundaries far enough.
Failing fast means we try things, quickly decide what isn’t working, stop it, and reallocate resources to other technologies that might succeed. There is no point riding dead horses – if R&T is to contribute fully to the future of Airbus we need to make sure that the projects we focus on are good runners that directly benefit the company’s products and customers.