“It doesn’t work” is a dangerous phrase.
It’s almost always untrue.
People use it as code for any number of other ideas.
A couple of types of “doesn’t work” –
- Results didn’t occur quickly enough (so we stopped before they appeared).
- We don’t really understand the task (so we didn’t get results)
- It’s inefficient (it works, but costs more than we get out of it)
- No one else has got it to work (yet)
- Defies physics (can’t work under any circumstances)
History is littered with people who were unsuccessful because they mis-read the “doesn’t work” they were dealing with.
Recognising which “doesn’t work” you’re dealing with gives you options – but only if you recognise which one it is.