Exploration vs. Production

There is a delicate balance between exploring ideas and producing shippable work. Those who get it wrong inevitably end up dealing with a whole lot of friction.

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The first step to getting on the right path is to realize that exploration and production are fundamentally different kinds of activities.

Exploratory work yields the best outcomes when it can simmer for quite a while.

Production work benefits from a steady drumbeat and a fixed size timescale.

Exploratory work is about asking questions and looking at all the options.

Production work is about getting questions answered and making choices.

Exploratory work can benefit from “happy accidents” and serendipity.

Production work aims to obtain predictable and consistent output.

There is much more that can be said here. And I think I will say more, sooner or later. 🙂