I recently read a wonderful profile of a young Larry Ellison by serial entrepreneur and teacher Steve Blank. One passage leapt out at me for its relevance to many recent experiences of my own:
Larry ascribed to the adage, “We don’t do things right, we do the right things.”
I was reminded of another aphorism I’d once heard – a bicycling metaphor:
It’s not how fast you pedal, it’s what gear you’re in.
I’ve seen time and again that one of the most destructive things to a software development team, be their product nascent or mature, is bad prioritization.