Start Up Stories

“The way to succeed is to double your error rate”

Posted in Uncategorized by Devon on April 6, 2009

It’s November in New England and a chill grips the air. We are starting to accelerate down our new business path. Looking back is interesting… I almost want to scream at my own notes and say, “Damn it! Can’t you see it! You are so close!” That’s the nature of research, however – the answer can be right beneath your nose and you still can’t see it. That’s why it’s so important to work with a diverse group of smart people who see things from different angles.

Looking back now, I also see how incredibly important it is to set and achieve goals in an R & D setting. Delivering results – even if unexpected, is so critical to R & D progress. I now see, in even greater focus, the wisdom of Venkat’s weekly software development sprints; they force progress!

Does your R & D organization set weekly goals and report progress to plan or do they hide behind, “The creative process doesn’t operate on a timeline…you just don’t understand R & D”? If it’s the latter, you need someone else to run R & D.


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