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For what it's worth, we recently ran another internal FAILfaire event and, because this blog post here still seems to generate a steady amount of traffic, I thought I'd provide some information on some new things that we tried this time around. Our recent FAILfaire event was over 2x larger than the one I wrote about above. Scale brings with it a new set of challenges -- trying to keep a level of personal engagement when you have over 350 people in a room can be rather difficult. We laid out index cards on every seat in the auditorium, with space for people to write a few sentences about (1) a project failure of some sort in which they were involved (2) what they learned form this. As people filled these out during the course of the event, they raised their hands and someone ran over to collect their cards. In the short periods between presenters, the MC then chose a few cards to read aloud while walking through the audience. This was an attempt to give a 'voice' to people in the audience, while at the same time keeping to a tight schedule (and avoiding a situation where an audience member was given the microphone to share information about a failure and they either (1) talked for too long (2) gave a speech (3) was critical of a presenter, or what a presenter said). We again enthusiastically used a gong (as described above), and the recent popularity of a certain Korean rapper meant that that cheap jokes about having at times to resort to gong-nam [sic] style were too easy to resist. We again used interactive response devices ('clickers') to poll the audience after each presenter. Given that we only had 120 or so of them, we spaced them three chairs apart, and had people pass them in a choreographed way after each round of voting so that a new group would be ready for the next vote. (We also made sure to collect them *before* the end of the event, to lessen the chance of some of the devices going missing.) The main goal of this FAILfaire was, as in the one described above, to create a space for people to talk openly about some of the types of things they normally don't talk about openly. In doing so, the hope was that a few people in the audience would be sufficiently energized by what they heard and the dynamic in the room to organize one of these sorts of things themselves. For those of you looking to organize this sort of thing yourself: You may wish to set a goal for yourself to get enough people excited about organizing this sort of thing so that you yourself do not become a go-to person within your institution around 'failure' (a designation perhaps best avoided), and can hand over the reins to another person when there is demand for doing another event of this sort. note: This January 2013 FAILfaire was one in what is now a loosely coordinated series of related internal events trying to learn from 'failures' of various sorts, a movement that has received increased momentum over the past months. Those interested in this topic or type of thing (which you presumably are, if you have read this far down the page!) may also be interested in some related comments from World Bank president Jim Kim, http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20121211162106-32702694-big-i...