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The Hedgehog, The Fox and the Hacker

  1. 1. The Hedgehog and the Fox…and the Hacker. Justin Arbuckle – VP EMEA, Chief Enterprise Architect, CHEF @dromologue / JA@chef.io
  2. 2. "The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” Archilocus
  3. 3. …For there exists a great chasm between those, on one side, who relate everything to a single central vision …and, on the other side, those who pursue many ends, … their thought is scattered or diffused… without … seeking to fit them into [an all-embracing inner vision]. Isiah Berlin
  4. 4. Those who built the good-to- great companies were, to one degree or another, hedgehogs. They used their hedgehog nature to drive toward what we came to call a Hedgehog Concept for their companies. Those who led the comparison companies tended to be foxes, never gaining the clarifying advantage of a Hedgehog Concept, being instead scattered, diffused, and
  5. 5. On average, companies that are resilient and can adjust to changing circumstances tend on average to outperform less flexible companies. Yes, a few hedgehogs will turn out to be spectacularly successful, but Hedghogs will also fail in large numbers. Phil Rosenzweig
  6. 6. Antifragile – Benefits from volatility in a nonlinear manner Fragile – Is harmed by volatility in a nonlinear manner Robust – Neither fragile nor antifragile Per Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  7. 7. QUALITY / RELIABILITY / COMPLIANCE INNOVATION Fragile Anti-Fragile
  8. 8. Software is eating the world. Mark Andreessen The Velocity Hedgehog
  9. 9. Attributes of High Reliability Organisations 1. Track small failures 2. Resist oversimplification 3. Sensitive to operations 4. Committed to resilience 5. Defer to expertise Karl Weick
  10. 10. Build Run Test Deploy Consistency VelocityScale CODE & AUTOMATION AUTOMATION & CODE COMPLIANCE
  11. 11. 1. PEOPLE - Technology outpaces regulation. 2. PICK - Compliance can't wait 3. PLATFORM - Velocity matters. 4. PROOF- It has to be testable 5. PROCESS - Compliance without automation is fiction 6. PARADIGM - Two speed IT must become high speed IT. The Compliance Fox
  12. 12. Let Velocity be your hedgehog. & Compliance be your Fox.

Agility, and Highly reliable organisations.

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