July 28, 2015

Choosing complexity


Complexity creeps up on you.

Without looking – three pads on the go, different sandwich suppliers for different kinds of meetings, five independent systems running specific parts of the business, and (how did that happen?) twelve brooms and twenty-eight different kinds of traffic bollard sitting in inventory.

Which one to use, is this a special case, should I get something new or upgrade that one, where is it, who knows how to use it, which, where, how?

No wonder everything takes so long.

Complexity is insidious. It happens because you let it. Expedient, quick, bolt-on choices – made in silos – drip to a vat of treacle.

Skippy Strategy: When you bring in new people and systems, make sure they connect where they should and overlap is minimal.