Run experiments

Context

As a technology company, we are concerned with decay on multiple fronts: a stale ecosystem weakens the company’s competitive advantage but is also boring to members and potential hires.

Conversely, we are wary of “move fast and break things” corporate culture and fad-based technology bandwagons.

Decision

We will run discrete, low-risk experiments to try new operational, business, and technology models.

Status: Accepted.

Consequences

We have adopted Clojure and distributed systems as a core competency. We have explored a number of new technologies. We have attempted product development. We have created policy from operational experiments. Careful experiments seem to work: success is sustainable, failures are opportunities for learning.