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The Right Network Can Make or Break Your Project

Connections are everything, especially network connections. The key is to choose the right kind. Are you better off with a hub-and-spoke network or an integrated one? Andrew Shipilov explains the difference.

In the 1940s, Jack Northrop complete a prototype for what would become the famous Stealth Bomber, but it wouldn’t take flight until the 1970s, long after Northrop gave up hope on his design going anywhere. Why did it take thirty years? Northrop’s alliance network in the 1940s was a hub-and-spoke. Northrop was at the center of it, but his partners never communicated with each other. By the 1970s, the team evolved into an integrated alliance network. Northrop was no longer the center of the process, but an equal contributor, one of the four corners of partners who formed a tightly webbed box of communication.

Not being at the center of the project doesn’t mean you are handing over control, but it frees the project to run its natural course with collaboration from other minds. Are there times when a hub-and-spoke network is necessary? Yes, but after the initial idea or prototype is formed, involve others in your creative process. You’ll be amazed at the results.

About Rachel Ginder

Rachel Ginder was a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success and joined the team in 2013. She also helped with social media and research.

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