Some things might work for some people some of the time, in some contexts

First principles Jul 19, 2021
“Any belief you took in a package (ex. Democrat, Catholic, American) is suspect and should be re-evaluated from base principles.” -- Eric Jorgenson. “The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness.”

Beliefs and Principles can't be bought in a package, if you want it to work for you. If you just install them wholesale in your organization with no clue on what benefits it brings to you, then that is a different situation. Do go ahead and do such wholesale implementations.

Extending the thought exhibited from the quote from Naval Ravikant above, this could be extended and applied to any framework, technique, methodology or method - whether be it SAFe (Scaled Agile), Scrum, Kanban, DevOps, Lean, Agile, Lean Startup, Design Thinking and anything else that you might think of.

Think of it as an "acid test" before implementing any whole sale beliefs. Most techniques above are "Empirical Systems". Apply first principles to inspect and adapt the framework, methodology or method itself before using it in your situation. If it stands this "acid test" and does not fall apart in your context in which you meant to use it, then it might have some utility to generate some advantage for you.

Some things might work for some people some of the time, in some contexts - so don't depend on luck to make things work!


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