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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Work Life “Blending”

Work Life “Blending”

At the Conference Board of Canada Innovation Summit this year one of the speakers during their lunch was Nitin Kawale, President of Cisco Canada.  He spoke about how Cisco was enabling a concept he called Work Life "Blending" and contrasted it with the age old challenge of work life balance by accepting that in a connected world "balance" is virtually impossible to attain.At the time I disagreed - maybe because I heard the voices of my parents and grandparents in my head as they "balanced" their work and life to enable the family experiences that I remember so fondly as I grew up.  But the more I have reflected on that brief talk the more I am realizing that Nitin is right - balance is unattainable today, but more importantly I'm not sure that balance was the right goal in the first place.(more…)...
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