If you are one of our (admittedly still small) podcast audience, you may have noticed a bit of a hiatus.
Between some big changes at Arcade, the holidays, and some technical difficulties, the Critical Path podcast has been on hold. I’ve also been working on a side project, a separate podcast with my daughter about talking to our teenagers and why it’s so important – a project we’re both really proud of, which you can find here if you’re interested. It’s called Coffee with My Mom, and you can find it on most podcast directories.
I’ve been waiting on a new piece of equipment for podcasting, and it just arrived yesterday (all shiny and red, perfectly themed for a Valentine’s Day arrival!)
We’ll be trying something a little different in this episode.
Whenever we’re doing development work, there’s a common question we get. “Have you read this book?” “Have you listened to this person’s Youtube videos?” “Do you know the ‘Theory of Widgets?’ For every obstacle we find, there are thousands of organizations who have faced that obstacle before, and there are an endless number of smart people who have found solutions and packaged them up in some format, in hopes of helping more people than they can help with their own two hands.
The truth is that there is good information in any of these books/videos/theories/products – at least a little good, often a lot of good. That being said, each one is just a little different from all of the others, because every time someone writes their own book, it’s because they see something from a slightly different perspective than everyone else – they have their own solution, and they feel like it’s got something unique to offer.
When we started this business, we didn’t choose models other people had built to offer to our clients – though many successful firms do just that. We started Arcade because we had our own ideas – our own models, and building those, putting them into place, and watching them work for people is the reason we get up in the morning. When clients want us to implement a system someone else has built, we’re happy to help, but invariably, we have our own ideas about how to improve on the system at hand. Regardless of whether our ideas are better, they are more in line with our methods, and if we are the firm helping to roll out an initiative, it’s important that it make sense to us.
It’s an interesting process, running through other development products, step by step, comparing and contrasting with our own products and finding the best path to roll out an ultimate system that walks the line of giving a client what they ask for, while building something that fits our style and methods. This week, we’re going to walk through that process live, on the podcast, so you can hear how we do it, and maybe even alter the book that has changed your life to make it fit your organization. Of course, you can always give us a call if you’re looking for help!
Watch for the episode next week!