On Being Initiative
You have an initiative, maybe it came from a post you read on a company that changed it’s engineering culture, or another one that re-invented their deployment process, maybe you listened to a podcast on how moving to technology X is a game changer. You believe that your initiative is awesome. You are doing everything right to push your initiative forward, but it seems to fail over and over. It sounds sooo good when you first thought about it, so why are you failing? what are you doing wrong?
Sometimes you will fail pushing your initiative, no matter how good you think it is and how everyone praise it. This failure is not because it is a bad idea, but it may be be because that it just does not fit the company or it is a bit premature for the organization to adapt it. Each company has a unique DNA based on the CEO, the people, the history, the value and many other parameters that impact how different initiatives fit the company. Many techniques that work successful in one company may be failed to adapted successfully.
This doesn’t means that you should stop being initiative, on the contrary, keep trying new things, keep pushing. The more you try the better you have a chance to impact and change. Failing pushing initiative should make you passionate even more on finding the ones that will work.