September 8, 2015

Grow your own?


Smart people can do things on their own.

They invent systems and build products and create components and close gaps. Intelligence mixed with hard work and a pinch of innovation, stirred well with elbow grease. Miracles happen.

Which is handy as most projects start without money at the table. There’s no choice; you just have to get on with making do. Teams become self-reliant and confident of their abilities.

Later on, despite better funding, it’s tempting to keep building everything from scratch … you can do it, so why not?

Is that the best use of the talents?

Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

Skippy strategy: Make active grow-your-own/buy-theirs decisions – be sure to weight perfectionism against hubris, and time against money.