Talent is nurtured in solitude … A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude.” ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Göethe
Failure is the new black. However, for creative people, failure means something more personal and robust. It is not one way to succeed, it’s the only way in many cases. Take the example new play creation in the theater. The playwright must create a script for review and privacy is required to take that kind of personal risk. That process includes many missteps, and redoes to get it out of the head and onto the page. Then, collaboration with actors can take the play to its potential. Early scripts for great plays that go for an early reading are sometimes painful. Actors sit around a big table, speak the lines and the clunkers fall loudly to earth. This process requires a playwright to create and fail on her own, then collaborate to fail some more, then re-work the piece to its potential.
The same is true for software products. One or two people have to struggle it into existence, then share it with customers and critics who will immediately break it and identify weaknesses. From there, the process starts all over.