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It turns out during a global pandemic you have more time to sit and think about things. The time spent commuting, or breaking for coffee, or riding up elevators, or switching gears to talk to a coworker about their dogs is now freed up to spend on other things. (I originally wrote ‘freed up to *do* other things’ but if I’m honest I find myself not doing much of anything these days.)

In the first weeks I spent an inordinate amount of time checking covid-19 dashboards. I’ve sense turned to streaming decades-old baseball games.

All of this to say, I haven’t been very productive with my newfound free-time. …

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Last February, I decided to try my hand at baking Ciabatta bread. I had seen it done a few times on the Netflix favorite, The Great British Baking Show. So I thought to myself: looks simple enough, why not give it a shot? The results were underwhelming, to say the least. The dough was too wet, too sticky, and I over dusted them before putting in the oven, which filled the house with an aroma of burnt popcorn.

After that disastrous first try, I’ve allowed myself to try again, to iterate, and try again. I use the same recipe, same ingredients (which are incredibly minimalist), yet the results vary widely. It’s as if the bake presents itself in a new way each time. And each time I try to correct for that un-foreseen variable, I’m surprised to learn that I have little to no control over what has already been set in motion. …

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Know your project’s worth by adopting an Innovation Process

Not all projects are created equal. Some projects are absolutely required due to industry or government regulation (a la ‘CCPA’ or ‘GDPR’). Some are tied to a product roadmap, where paying customers patiently await a long-promised enhancement. Some are blue sky ideas, born out of blue ocean strategy, that are mere un-tested hypotheses with no data to support their success.

Sure, the regulatory and product-focused projects are an easy sell. …


Jeffrey Rosser

Writer, technologist, user advocate. I like to think about how teams work.

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