Nick did not look amused that Jess and I would take a selfie halfway through breakfast, before the caffeine had a chance to work through his system.
I wasn't even meant to be party to their breakfast. I just barged in, "do you losers ever do any work?"
I have been out of our Pyrmont office for two weeks, perched like a canary at cafes and bars, occasionally working out of my home office in my pyjamas (the Qantas battle gear, for the long time readers). My productivity has not declined as a result - but let's face it, we were looking at a pretty low threshold.
Do I have my mojo back?
I have been thinking a lot about the famous startup mantra - "move fast and break things". I understand the desire to move fast, but I have been questioning the necessity to break things.
Break what things? Whose things? Why?
It causes me enormous discomfort to be intentionally destructive. It causes me moderate discomfort to cause even collateral damage in the process of progress... so to adopt such a callous mantra runs against who I want to be.
The mantra came from one of Mark Zuckerberg's interviews on Facebook's development, and was used as the title of a 2017 book by Jonathan Taplin. It has been used both to support and ridicule the tech startup ideology for growth, but even Zuckerberg has stepped back from the extremist view of what breakage he is willing to tolerate for speed:
"We used to have this famous mantra ... and the idea here is that as developers, moving quickly is so important that we were even willing to tolerate a few bugs in order to do it," Zuckerberg said. "What we realized over time is that it wasn't helping us to move faster because we had to slow down to fix these bugs and it wasn't improving our speed." - Mashable, 30 April 2014
Like all quotes, it seems like it has been taken out of context too many times, and started to have a life of its own.
We should not want to break anything, I think... but I still haven't solved the question - what is the best way to grow a company?