“Scaling up good ideas is really, really hard”

This piece from Vox describes how and why promising programs meant to ease poverty or improve health work well as prototypes but fail at scale: www.vox.com/future-perfect/2018/12/10/18127987/global-health-poverty-development-scaling-economics-research-yrise-yaleIt’s really interesting! If you’re capable of seeing past surface specifics to the underlying principles, I think you’ll recognize some of the same patterns that cause software projects to suffer when scaled up beyond the prototype.This all reminds me of my saying: skill gets it done; expertise ensures it has the desired impact.The Vox article walks through 4 specific reasons why small pilot programs fail when they’re scaled up, and each of those 4 reasons is a second order effect.I believe but can’t (yet) prove that being aware of and understanding second order effects is one of the core components of the expertise that a consultant brings to an engagement. It’s one of the main differentiators between skill and expertise.It’s a little too soon for me to know for sure how many seats remain in the April19 cohort of The Expertise Incubator. 3 or 4 of the 5 seats are spoken for, but I haven’t collected payment yet so that could change.So if you want to be on the list of folks interested in starting this shockingly simple but brutally challenging program in April 2019, please hit REPLY here and let me know. There’s no commitment at this point, you’re just asking me to add your name to a spreadsheet that I use when sending out updates on the program, and throughout March there will be a few of these updates.-P