Author Archives: Mike Shipulski

How mature is your technology?

As a technologist it’s important to know the maturity of a technology. Like people, technologies are born, they become children, then adolescents, then adults and then they die. And like with people, the character and behavior of technologies change as they grown and age. A fledgling technology may have a lot of potential, but it can’t pay the mortgage until ...

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Is your work meaningful?

Life’s too short to work on things that don’t make a difference. Sure, you’ve got to earn a living, but what kind of living is it if all you’re doing is paying for food and a mortgage? How do others benefit from your work? How does the planet benefit from your work? How is the world a better place because ...

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Choosing WHAT to Do

In business you’ve got to do two things: choose what to do and choose how to do it well. I’m not sure which is more important, but I am sure there’s far more written on how to do things well and far less clarity around how to choose what to do. Choosing what to do starts with understanding what’s being ...

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Even Entrepreneurial Projects Must Fit the Brand

To meet ever-increasing growth objectives, established companies want to be more entrepreneurial. And the thinking goes like this – launch new products and services to create new markets, do it quickly and do it on a shoestring. Do that Lean Startup thing. Build minimum viable prototypes (MVPs), show them to customers, incorporate their feedback, make new MVPs, show them again, ...

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What’s Your Problem?

If you don’t have a problem, you’ve got a big problem. It’s important to know where a problem happens, but also when it happens. Solutions are 90% defining and the other half is solving. To solve a problem, you’ve got to understand things as they are. Before you start solving a new problem, solve the one you have now. It’s ...

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The Right Way to Choose the Best Idea

We have too many ideas, but too few great ones. We don’t need more ideas, we need a way to choose the best one or two ideas and run them to ground. Before creating more ideas, make a list of the ones you already have. Put them in two boxes. In Box 1, list the ideas without a video of ...

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Leadership is Not Binary – Use Your Judgement

100% of the people won’t like your new idea, even if it’s a really good one like the airplane, mayonnaise or air conditioning. I don’t know the right amount of conflict, but I know it’s not 0% or 100%. If 100% is good, 110% isn’t better. Percentages don’t work that way. 100% alignment is not the best thing. Great things ...

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