Start Small, Fail Fast
Strategy No. 5: Start small, fail fast
Now that you have done some diligence, educated yourself and your teams, and created an environment of innovation, it's time to get started. Now what? One option is to wait for the perfect project to come along, spend millions of dollars and create a very high-risk situation that is likely to never succeed.
Instead of falling into that trap, create a few projects that are very small in scope, requiring only a few resources. Simply get started. These can be extremely simple activities, but it's critical that you get off the whiteboard and onto the keyboard. If something is not going well, you simply fail fast, study why it failed and start again with another small project.
This is an exciting time, ripe with opportunities to change your career and your business for the better. It is also pushing the relational vendors to invent new solutions as well-which means everybody wins. Technology disruption doesn't have to be painful. If you think about how to embrace it, work the plan and learn from each step, you will steer your business to a better future.
Billy Bosworth is the Vice President and General Manager of the Enterprise Database business unit at Quest Software. Billy has been with Quest since 2005. Prior to Quest, Billy was director of product management at Embarcadero Technologies. Billy has nearly 20 years of experience in the IT industry, including a variety of roles as developer, DBA and owner of an independent consulting company. Billy speaks often at industry events and co-authored the book "PowerBuilder 5 Developer's Resource: Client/Server Programming for the Enterprise" (Prentice Hall). Billy holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Louisville. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.