Resources squandered, stakeholders alienated, deadlines missed. We honestly admit our biggest blunders, and what we learned from them. A crowd-sourced contest finds the biggest mistakes people are willing to admit. The session begins with a few museum professionals telling stories of major mistakes. Attendees then break into groups. They share the decisions they really wish they could take back. Each group sends a finalist to the front of the room.The finalists tell their stories to the full room, and attendees vote by applause. The session ends with the awarding of Epic Failure Trophy of AAM 2016. Join us, because sharing is the first step in learning, and because admitting you were wrong proves you can grow.


  • Sean Kelley


  • Linda Norris