The Law of Significance in OSS

For the person trying to do everything alone, the game really is over. If you want to do something big, you must link up with others. One is too small a number to achieve greatness.
That’s the Law of Significance
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John C Maxwell
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In the past, national telcos have been able to achieve greatness alone (well in massive numbers of employees, but all under the one banner). So too some of our biggest OSS vendors.

To paraphrase John C Maxwell, “For the organisation trying to do everything alone, the game really is over.” With innovation at the speed of software and software opening up an increasingly long tail of innovation, the days of doing everything in-house are disappearing.

lt’s one of the reasons why I believe that John P Reilly’s value fabric concept is one of the most important to appear in OSS in the last few years. It represents a new business model and a new way of thinking for any organisation stuck in the Not Invented Here (NIH) mindset.

It allows for an organisation’s supply chain to mesh the best technologies, ideas and talent from outside with internal capabilities and strengths. lt gives access to a longer tail of innovation, but also leverages disruptions rather than be confronted by them.

The Value Fabric is the Law of Significance in OSS.

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