Mad Methods

What do you know about business methodologies? Are you currently using a specific methodology? Is it being utilized successfully within your organization? If not, what isn't working?

Perhaps you see where I'm going. There are many things to consider when choosing a specific approach toward progress within your venture. There are two important things to keep in mind.

  1. Using any methodology that lends structure is better than flying by the seat of your pants

  2. Holding fast to a methodology that isn't working is worse than flying by the seat of your pants

Structure is necessary for efficiency but structure for the sake of structure is insanity. The problem with structure is that unwatched it spreads (not unlike a virus). Why is that bad? Too much structure blocks innovation and future progress. A balance between structure and flexibility must be maintained. Empowering employees gives them leverage to make decisions to keep things moving forward.

Evaluate how your current methodology is performing for individuals and your venture as a whole. Ask for feedback and frustrations. You'll gain insight into what isn't working and why. Use that information to decide if you need to adjust your approach or look for a more suitable methodology for your venture. The best methodology is the one your team understands and can utilize to make progress.

Several of the most widely used methodologies are the following:

In the future we will revisit this topic with some of our own thoughts and ideas. Just know we look toward innovation and adapt based on experience. Watch for updates.