Here is the thing. You can have a failure but make sure this is your failure. If you hold responsibility for something make sure you have the authority to influence this “something.” Otherwise, you will be the one to blame for the stuff you didn’t do or couldn’t control. It is about making your point and being able to deny the participation in something you wouldn’t want to be associated with or something you couldn’t effectively control.
The beginning of my professional career was the position of a team leader for a company doing best in breed solution for a pocket PC. Was this project a success?