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Why Does DARPA Work?
By Clay Parker Jones profile image Clay Parker Jones
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Why Does DARPA Work?

A few standout practices: Opacity; Outsourcing for stronger internal networks; Deep technical reviews of ongoing programs.

I've had this article in my reader since it came out in 2020. It's in my "constant re-read rotation" primarily because it has rich detail on a few practices that run against my grain. It's also one of the most thorough reviews of an organization's structure and ways of working that I've ever seen.

Have a look!

Why does DARPA work?

Opacity enables outlier successes

My "normal" stance on transparency vs. opacity is something like, "most organizations have less internal transparency than they need, leading to mistrust, CYA-ing, and hours spent 'finding the truth' instead of 'getting important things done.'"

The opposite at DARPA:

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