Move Fast and Break Things

Facebook birthday

Facebook continues to break ground in social media while avoiding many slips which have relegated other innovators in this space to obscurity. The Sunday Times piece “Which One Are You Mr. Facebook?” (paywalled) provides a glimpse to the management culture that drive this success (and not surprisingly, it includes an embrace of failure)…

  • “There is a large sign in the familiar typeface of “Keep Calm and Carry On”, only this one says “Move Fast and Break Things”. It is Zuckerberg’s signature theory — it is better to create something, iterate, recreate and adapt, than to waste hours trying to get it perfect first time.”

Leaders move fast and break things, Managers keep calm and carry on.