Growing a tech company is incredibly complex. The external environment is constantly shifting and adapting. Adding people to your team adds capability, but also increases overhead. Eventually you hit inflection points where your internal structure must change.

The practices and systems than got you to MVP as a hungry start up aren’t the same ones needed by a sustainable, high growth tech business.

In his excellent book Loonshots, physicist and successful entrepreneur Safi Bachall calls these points phase transitions. Signs to watch out for are:

  • Unclear mission or priorities
  • Delivery slowing down and a feeling of friction
  • Siloing of teams and information

In your most critical phase of growth, you can’t afford unclear objectives, delivery problems or communications breakdown. You also can’t just take other people’s practices out of context and hope they will work for you. We’ve all been on teams that have tried to cargo cult their way out of problems. It sucks, big time!

What can startups learn from the Royal Marines?

Elite military units have been high performance team crucibles for centuries. When you boil things down for that long you discover fundamental principles.

Like good abstractions in software development, fundamental principles are the building blocks which map to any domain, and can solve any problem. Likewise building something from the wrong abstractions can lead to a bloated mess that doesn’t solve any of the problems.

COMMANDO Development

I’m Ben Ford, the founder of Commando Development

I translate my operational experience in the Royal Marine Commandos, combined with a decade plus career in software development and team building to help tech businesses build better teams and software.

You get a concise toolkit of fundamentals. Principles learned as I built teams, served in the Royal Marines and extensive research. Just like any good software abstractions, principles must be

  • Fundamental
  • Composable
  • Complementary

They all revolve around the SINGLE most import theory of competition and feedback. Since discovering it 5 years ago it’s become my go to mental model to understand and improving ANY system.

I’ll show you how this all applies to growing a stellar tech team that’s fully aligned with your mission and purpose. With this shared understanding we work together to identify the highest priority issues holding your team back.

Deep fundamentals applied in broad systematic analysis leads to quality decisions and laser focus. This is what enables the operational excellence that every business needs to thrive and scale.

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