Unless you haven’t heard of the Atlanta Tech Village yet, you have probably heard us talk about engineering serendipity. What we are realizing is that planning and executing the development of an ecosystem of innovation isn’t possible. It’s not like executing a single company. It’s much more complex. Thus, we have to focus on making sure random, completely chaotic things happen.
One thing that I struggle with is my schedule. Most of my days are scheduled wall-to-wall. I seem to never have unscheduled time.
When I do find the random unscheduled block, I try to avoid the natural instinct to sit down and catch up on e-mail. E-mail can be done at home before the kids wake up. Instead, I take advantage of the environment and walk around the Village to “just chat.” Maybe it’s annoying to some folks when I do this, but it’s such a rare opportunity for me to just wander aimlessly. It’s like a mini-vacation in the middle of the day for me. The cool thing about this is this: every time I wander around and chat without an objective, I get into some productive and meaningful conversations. Stuff happens! Serendipitously! This is the magic that the high desnity, high energy environment is all about.
I’m going to make it a goal to put some time on the calendar to hold as unscheduled time. It’s no fun to tell people I can’t get a schedule time for 2-3 weeks out, but this supply/demand of schedulable time issue seems to be a permanent fixture of my current chosen trajectory, so I’ll continue dealing with it the best I can.