Mastery – Success Equals Preparation

Maxims And Truisms, Success equals preparation meeting opportunity, mastery,eminence
Success equals preparation

While flipping through some old papers the day I  saw this maxim scribbled down on a piece of paper. This maxim has proven true for many.  there is a high likelihood that folks with a military background have heard it somewhere along the way.

Success Maxim

Success equals preparation meeting opportunity.
This concept is, also sometime said as:

What is Conley’s law?

Acronyms, Abbreviations, Terms, And Definitions, Conley’s Law, What is Conley’s law
Acronyms, Abbreviations, Terms, And Definitions

Conley’s Law

Any organization that designs a system (defined more broadly here than just information systems) will inevitably produce a design whose structure is a copy of the organization’s communication structure.


–“How Do Committees Invent?”, Melvin E. Conway, 1968


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Harvard Business School

Exploring the Duality between Product and Organizational Architectures: A Test of the “Mirroring” Hypothesis

Information Technology – Amdahl’s Law

Multiple CPU's, Amdahl's Law
Multiple CPU’s

Amdahl’s Law governs, the time it takes the program to execute using parallel processors/CPUs, versus using only one serial processor.

Naturally, it follows that:

  • That the parallelizable part of the program can be executed faster by applying more processors to executing the program. The more threads/ CPUs the more concurrent work is done, so, the faster it goes.
  • The non-parallelizable [single threaded] part can only be executed faster by optimizing the code or by recoding in a way, which can be supported by parallelization.

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The Pareto Principle (80/20 Rule)

The Pareto Principle (80/20 Rule)
The Pareto Principle (80/20 Rule)

Generally, speaking the Pareto Principle falls, also from Economics, is in the category of ‘Majority Affect’ concepts and, basically, is:

80% of the value is contained in 20% of the elements.

This concept is frequently used in time management and business to express the need to focus on high-value high return items when setting priorities and expending resources.

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Law of Diminishing Returns

Law of Diminishing Returns
Law of Diminishing Returns

The ‘Law of Diminishing Marginal Returns’, originally from economics, basically, states that:

As the level of resource investment increases achieves fulcrum point where the rate of return per investment unit (labor, Level of Effort, Capital) begins to decrease and, eventually, investing more resources is simply not worth it.

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Consulting – A Consultant’s Responsibility

consultant’s responsibility, maxim, success,quote
consultant’s responsibility

Ultimately, it is each consultant’s responsibility to acquire what they need to be successful in meeting the customer’s needs.

This is not to say that the consultant needs to do everything themselves. However, they are responsible to do whatever it takes to acquire the resources may need to deliver for the customer. If that, means making late-night phone calls, repetitive phone calls, follow-up emails, tracking somebody down the hall for an impromptu meeting, that is what you must do.  In the end, regardless of the reason, you are responsible to ensure that you deliver a quality product to the customer, on time, on schedule and on budget.

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