Embarking on a Safari
The full article was originally published by Chris Mueller on HelloIOTA. Read the full article here.
Plunging into the unknown of edge technology is a bit like going on a safari.
Beverley Joubert is a legend in safari/wild life photography. The South African’s work has won eight Emmys, a Peabody, and features in National Geographic.
When asked about her daily life while on safari through Botswana, she talked about showering under the stars and living in a tent. Her team had to wake up before the sun to traverse a river in their jeep, water up to their chest, to get in a position that increased chances of glimpsing a lion on the prowl that day.
“Our job is all about searching and waiting,” she says, “there is no way to direct the situation. Every day feels like a treasure hunt.” She’s proud to have built a life all about exploring.
Building Edge Technology
From the outside looking in, watching a team build edge technology feels eerily similar to Beverly’s description of a safari. Searching. Waiting. No way to direct the situation.
From within, creating ground-breaking technology is by its very nature a complicated operation. Often, iterative steps are needed and bootstrapping is essential. Progress happens in fits and starts. Rarely does development conform to predetermined timelines since everything, by definition, hasn’t ever been done before. Over time, however, strong leadership paired with a strong vision of the future naturally results in processes becoming more streamlined and professional.
Nothing exemplifies this natural evolution under great leadership more than two prime examples that we explore below. A “before and after”, if you will: