Appendix E. Magnitudes of Exploration

In short: mostly standardize, exploration should drive order of magnitude improvement, and limit concurrent explorations.

Standardizing technology is a powerful way to create leverage: Improve tooling a bit and every engineer will get more productive. Adopting superior technology is, in the long run, an even more powerful force, with successes compounding over time. The trade-offs and timing between standardizing on what works, exploring for superior technology, and supporting adoption of superior technology are the core of Engineering strategy.

An effective approach is to prioritize standardization, and explicitly pursue a bounded number of explorations that are pre-validated to offer a minimum of an order of magnitude improvement over the current standard.


Standardization is focusing on a handful of technologies and adapting your approaches to fit within those technologies’ capabilities and constraints.

Fewer technologies support deeper investment in each, and ...

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