while being present is a worthy endeavor, it seems that almost every decision we make is either in response to appease our past or future self.
from Reforge’s Growth Series: Growth Wins
This lack of room for feedback does diminish the likelihood of being late or over budget. Yet, it increases the possibility of delivering an on-time and on-budget useless product that should not have been delivered at all.Lucas F. Costa, in Why Long-Term Plans Don’t Work and How to Fix Them
wisdoms via Chase Thomet, Principal @ JMI Equity
when you create pathways for growth as an individual contributor – allowing for seniority without requiring people management – naturally, you also create an environment where managers may be less skilled or experienced than their direct reports. the age old adage for management is always to hire people better than yourself, but this paradigm institutionalizes that practice. this requires humility from IC stars and it necessitates very real management support to make sure that talented ICs have clear paths for continued growth under the stewardship of less senior managers.
Ironically enough, Wave was a great platform, may they rest in peace. But making something a platform is not going to make you an instant success. A platform needs a killer app. Facebook — that is, the stock service they offer with walls and friends and such — is the killer app for the Facebook Platform. And it is a very serious mistake to conclude that the Facebook App could have been anywhere near as successful without the Facebook Platform.Stevey’s Google Platform Rant
The heavy-handed process is anathema to innovative companies. Smart people like to work on challenging problems, with other bright people and a minimum of process. For me, strategy, and articulation of that ‘one key metric’ and how you are going to move it, coupled with high cadence testing and learning, is the key to delivering both consumer and shareholder value.– Gibson Biddle, in “How to Run a Quarterly Product Strategy Meeting“
It’s more important to be effective than efficientChristina Wodtke discussing Ken Norton’s approach to initiative duplication at Google in Radical Focus
I hereby move to rename “onsites” and “offsites” to the more appropriate term for the COVID age, where everyone meets digitally – introducing the “nonsite.”