Do you feel like your company is moving in slow-motion? Would you like your company to be more agile and flexible? What about your ColdFusion applications? Do they move as quickly and efficiently as you would like?
Speed requires two other keys to in order to be achieved chiefly:
- the willingness to let go of control and
- become more flexible.
Remember what legendary race car driver Mario Andretti once said,
“If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.”
Let’s talk about what you have to do to get your company, ColdFusion apps, and projects up to speed.
Scared of Losing Control?
I understand. Your company is your responsibility. You put out fires and solve problems. Your stamp of approval must be on everything. If there is a change in your ColdFusion applications, you need to know about it.
Maybe the reason your company is moving slowly is YOU.
Are you the choke-point or the weak link in the chain? That can be hard to fathom. There is only one of you. If you must control and micromanage everything, you may be the one slowing down progress.
Think about what Lisa Earle McLeod said in her Huffington Post article, “Everything is Not Under Control: That’s a Good Thing.”
“It’s tempting to want life to be more predictable, but keeping things under control, rarely creates greatness.”
Speed or Control?
Which option would you choose?
While having a fast and agile company is wonderful, things can easily get out of control. However, have faith in your employees. Relinquish as much control as you can. Let go of the micro-management and allow your people to do their jobs. This will allow your company’s tempo to increase while maintaining a proper level of quality control.
For your company and ColdFusion projects to be successful and run smoothly, you need to utilize a system that maximizes speed and minimizes loss of control.
How Speed can HELP in Adversity
We must move quickly to stay competitive in today’s market. It’s inevitable that we will occasionally fail. The key is to fail fast and move on. By quickly moving on, we are able to maintain a keen eye on changing industry trends.
ColdFusion apps are a different thing altogether. Whether you are creating a new application or upgrading your legacy code to the latest CFML, you need to work with a combination of speed and control. Control, like version control software, is especially important. However, speed is also necessary for finishing one project and moving to the next. By maintaining a proper balance between speed and control, you can minimize your use of resources and maximize your project outputs.
The Third Key – Flexibility
Flexibility is easier when you have a small company, but all the more important as your company grows. If you’ve given up some control and now your company is speeding along, flexibility becomes important when needing to make decisions quickly and trusting others in your company to do their jobs.
When you show flexibility, your employees are more likely to give greater returns.
Try it with your lead developers. Give them more responsibility and freedom. More often than not, they will prove to you that they can handle the load. The quality and speed of your ColdFusion projects will likely improve.
Matthew Toren wrote: “I define flexibility in business as the ability for a company to make whatever internal changes are necessary to respond effectively to the changing outward environment, as quickly as possible.”
The Keys: Control, Speed, and Flexibility
Each of these keys alone and unchecked can be detrimental to your company and ColdFusion projects. An equal measure of control and speed, along with a lot of flexibility, will take your company to where it needs to be.
This article was originally published on TeraTech website.