Don’t Move Fast and Break Things

Don’t Move Fast and Break Things

By now we have all heard the Facebook developers mantra "Move Fast and Break Things" which has supported the rapid development of the Facebook platform. This trial and error approach to software development has driven massive growth in the speed of software development.But as Facebook and others have learned the hard way there is a time to "move fast and break things" and a time to use caution. And still others like Boeing have learned tragically that this model of product development doesn't apply to every business.I work primarily with businesses that are more like Boeing. I'm all for moving fast, but if it involves breaking stuff you better be sure you are aware of the potential results. (more…)...
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Oh Sh#*! (Or Managing The Unknown Unknowns)

Oh Sh#*! (Or Managing The Unknown Unknowns)

If you've ever worked on something even remotely disruptive or innovative, you know about unknown unknowns. They are the unexpected things that happen that it is impossible to predict. Customer feedback that doesn't align with your assumptions. Unexpected alternative uses of your idea for other purposes. The competition reaction to your new offering. None of which you can predict.So then how do you deal with them when they arise?(more…)...
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