4 August 2020

When you come to a fork in the road, take it

I have been mulling over this notion for the last couple of weeks.

Some folks are all in for Camp A, and others are all in for Camp B. As always it's a false dichotomy, but it's always useful to think thorugh the costs and benefts of each pathway.

Have a think about your circumstances and decide where you want to focus your energy.  Circumstacnes are everything!

Master the work

Benefits

  • Discipline in process and craft is improtant for team performance
  • When you master a process you can make it sing
  • Challenging work attracts smart people
  • The process can be shared across teams for mutual understanding ,alingment and integration of streams

Costs

  • Mastering bureacracy often isn't worth it
  • Have you sufficienty challenged the process?
  • You need to take time away from delivery/core activities to master a process
  • you need frequent cycles ot learn and master something
  • Without dissent and variation form the standard process you lose your innovation capability

Make work easier

Benefits

  • Make work easier for everyone at once
  • Make barriers to work lower so it is easier to hire
  • Reduce ramp up time so more work time is spent on delivery over mastery

Costs

  • Without mastery of process and craft you end up with poor quality work
  • How do people work togeher if you don;t have a shared approach?
  • You want to be able to rely on the work of others

Where do you want to spend your time? This is just an appetiser into the discussion. Take your own circumstacnes into considerationa nd think about what you shoud do.

The quote in the heading is from Yogi Berra, famed baseball player and coach from the mid 20th century.

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