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Execution (dot) meme

by Eric Knipp  |  February 14, 2010  |  1 Comment

I’ve noticed a number of blog posts lately about the value of execution. At the risk of stating the obvious I’ve decided to chime in.

Corporations and individuals alike spend a lot of time on differentiation. We set ourselves apart through our values and our deeds, our features and our form. Our resumes and product marketing literature are filled with comparisons – what we have and haven’t added to our list of accomplishments.

I just finished watching Hannah Kearney win the gold in the ladies downhill moguls. She won the gold not because of a fancy air package – but because of execution. She went faster than her opponents and executed her fairly unconventional air package flawlessly.

I regularly read the Amazon Web Services and Google App Engine Blog. I’m not saying I don’t value features. We all do. But the enterprise values something more important than features – execution. Because what is reliability other than repeating the same thing over and over again? And what is execution other than that?

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Eric Knipp
Managing Vice President
3 years at Gartner
15 years IT industry

Eric Knipp is a Managing Vice President in Gartner Research, where he focuses on Web and cloud application development methodologies and trends. Mr. Knipp is based in Dallas, Texas. Read Full Bio


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  1. Bob Olwig says:

    Agree. Execution is the force multiplier for an idea. I had a brief blog post suggesting…Ideas are Commodities – Innovation is all about Execution http://bobolwig.wordpress.com/2009/08/03/ideas-are-commodities/



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