Do More Faster in IT

David Cohen coined the phrase “do more faster” and then we made it popular when we published the book by the same name back in 2010.

We wrote the book because it was becoming clear that doing more faster was exactly what businesses were striving to do and it subsequently became the Techstars mantra. As technological advancements gave both the entrepreneur and businessperson a new framework for productivity, goals across industries and departments started taking a new shape, but singing a similar tune: fit more into the day, produce more results, better results, cheaper results, and all in a shorter time frame than ever before.

Whether or not it’s overtly stated, the do more faster mentality has eked its way into nearly every aspect of business.

When Raj Bhargava and the JumpCloud team talked to me about extending the concept of doing more faster into the IT realm with an eBook, I was supportive.

IT departments stand to gain some of the most significant benefits from adopting a do more faster attitude. If they approach things correctly, IT admins can cultivate an extremely effective development / IT organization and increase the pace of business across their entire organization.

Many of the companies that we invest in help their customers increase the pace of their business so that they can grow faster, be more profitable, and be better corporate citizens. Throughout the years, I’ve noticed that the companies I see who successfully increased their pace of business have three things in common.

  • They decentralized decision making
  • They push the pace of their product development by more closely aligning with customers
  • They create a culture of action

To focus on the mantra of Do More Faster in IT, the JumpCloud team assembled a great group of people to write some thoughts on areas where organizations can pick-up the pace.

  • Gene Kim talks about one of the most important movements in the IT world, DevOps.
  • Alan Shimel, the founder and editor of DevOps.com, tackles how to make employees more productive through BYOD.
  • Ben Kepes nails the concept of hybrid organizations – those that are crossing the gap between old world industries and innovation.
  • Raj Bhargava (CEO of JumpCloud) tackles a few different subjects including how businesses can move faster by leveraging more commercial software rather than building from scratch, using remote employees, and leveraging wireless infrastructure.

The quest for increased speed doesn’t come for free. But that’s the beauty of Doing More Faster, Now with IT Control as Raj and his team discuss real steps businesses owners can take to solve the inevitable issues that come up when you start to move more quickly.

If you are interested in doing more faster within your development or IT organization, grab a copy of the JumpCloud eBook The Guide to Doing More, Faster (Now With IT Control).

  • Does IT matter? 🙂
    IT has been outsourcing and offshoring itself for the past 15 years, and that trend is on-going.
    “Fast” and IT are oxymorons. But if there is hope, that’s great.

    • DevOps.com

      William do you still think that trend is accelerating? Even if it is what difference does it make where the IT team is located? If you can do more, faster by utilizing resources where they are available and more efficient what difference does that make. Does IT matter? Without a doubt. In a world where every company is a software company, companies without high performing IT teams will be left for road kill. Of course that is just IMHO (OK not so humble).

      • I was being half-sarcastic, riffing on the famous HBR article of same title, by Nick Carr.
        In my experience, IT Dept’s in new companies that were formed in the past 10 years can be nimble, but for most big corps, their legacy & inertia are very difficult to shake down.

        • DevOps.com

          William agreed, greenfield situations allow for more nimble. But there are now lots of examples of “horses” as opposed to “unicorns” that are in the DevOps parlance “high performing IT” organizations. Check out some of the stuff over at DevOps.com to see some examples. A webinar we did this week with IBM and Nationwide is a good example.