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Podular systems work like nets

A chain, as the saying goes, is only as strong as its weakest link. Break one link and the whole chain fails.


A podular system is like a net. It distributes the work load across a wider area by allowing each pod to focus on goals rather than steps or stages. If one strand breaks, the system can still carry the load.


In a podular system, the burden of creativity and intelligence is on the people in the pod. In a pod, your focus is on solving problems and delivering value rather than executing previously-defined steps. You can no longer pull the levers, move the dials and say you did your job, even though the customer didn’t get what they wanted. Giving the customer what they want is your job.


If processes are fool-proof, then pods are fail-proof.


The future is podular.

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Taken on April 18, 2011