The tools of the professional incrementalist

To think that incrementalism is relegated to what you build would be incorrect. The reality is that incrementalism runs far deeper than the mere product decisions that make up a portfolio. Incrementalism is not the sum of all decisions but rather the source. It is more cultural than overt acts. And such, it exists somewhere […]

On incrementalism and beards

It’s interesting to know that Incrementalism exists. It is more interesting still to understand the costs – both explicit and hidden – of an industry where Incrementalism is so prevalent. But if we really want to move forward, we probably need to understand why Incrementalism is so pervasive in the first place. The Internet Boom […]

The Butterfly Hunter

Humans have an idealized view of butterflies.  Their majesty is prominently displayed across the curvy outline of their wingspan and they spend their lives clumsily floating through the air from flower to flower enjoying the infinite flow of nectar offered up to them.  We are fascinated with them as children and even as we get […]

The insidious cost of incrementalism — Part 2

When I said that the networking industry at large is mired in a culture of incrementalism, I was really painting a broader brush than just networking vendors. The costs of incrementalism on the customer side are every bit as hidden and thus every bit as insidious as those on the vendor side. If vendor issues start […]

The insidious cost of incrementalism — Part 1

The networking industry at large is mired in a culture of incrementalism. Put simply, incrementalism is the continued growth through simple addition. You start with an existing product or solution, you identify some problem or deficiency, and you add to the original. Over time, more and more problems are solved, products become more elaborate and […]

On the Winchester Mystery House and incrementalism

For anyone who lives or has worked at all in The Valley, there is a local tourist attraction called The Winchester Mystery House. The house is a 7-story Queen Anne Style Victorian mansion that was commissioned by Sarah Winchester in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The home is a local legend not because it […]