So today we switched on the new Living Stones Blog. I say ‘switched on’, it’s been live since we started making it – yesterday evening. It’s actually taken under 3 hours to go from nothing to what you see now.
It’s web tools like this that allow us to do stuff quickly. And doing stuff quickly is important.
Doing stuff quickly allows us to do more. Plain and simple. In the last 2 months we’ve launched 3 blogs, lined up another, built the infrastructure to support them, begun the process of replacing our printed Welcome Sheet with a weekly email (thanks to Mailchimp), started posting all church news on the website and all the while carried on doing everything else.
Doing stuff quickly allows us to iterate. The Living Stones blog you see now (depending when you read this) is almost certainly not what you’ll see in a month or two. What we’ve built is a Minimum Viable Product. In practice this means we can get a working product out there, see what reaction’s like and then do more work according to that. It’s far easier to talk to someone about what they’d like to see from something when it actually exists.
Doing stuff quickly allows us to fail. Failing’s important, if we don’t fail we don’t learn. If we can’t/won’t respond to a failure by iterating what we’ve got, we can pull the plug without losing too much spent resource down the drain – because it was quick to build.
Doing (tech) stuff quickly allows us to focus on the important stuff. Tech really isn’t very important in this. It’s the culture change and helping people that really matters. Getting the tech build out the way quickly gives us more time to do that.
What have I forgotten? What have you done quickly? You know where the comments are people…
(Stuff like this also allows us to do stuff easier, cheaper, better, etc. as well as quicker. But they’re whole new posts!)
Creative Commons photo credit: Speed Wagon by Peter Roome on Flickr