Angry Birds

I love Angry Birds. It’s addictive. Ask the bleary-eyed friend who’d stayed up way too late determined to get to the next level — and got me hooked on it. So, of course I laughed when I saw’s article, “10 Lessons from Angry Birds That Can Make you a Better CIO”:


  1. you have to play to know the rules
  2. people succeed best when their unique talents are recognized; I’d add her “and utilized” cuz too often, they aren’t
  3. you can’t recover from a really bad start so cut your losses, restart & try again
  4. different problems require different specialists; seems obvious, but it’s not often the case
  5. blowing something up isn’t necessarily felt everywhere; “You can’t just fiddle with a solution in the corner and hope that it will disburse throughout the organization. It takes a clear understanding of organizational physics to make change stick.”
  6. most improvements are incremental; isn’t that the truth? “If you want a high score you have to be patient and accept incremental improvement by applying lessons learned from past attempts. Every once in a while, you change a strategy or accidentally discover a new tactic that results in an exponential improvement in the score, but that is very rare.”
  7. just because you’ve mastered one task doesn’t make you master of all……sigh……true, true….
  8. you can never do the same thing exactly the same way
  9. some goals require more birds
  10. there’s more than one way to win.

Thanks Daniel W. Rasmus for writing this.  On his Strategy Blog he added another lesson:

11. don’t be complacent.

I can only assume that he, too, loves Angry Birds.  He’s also written  ‘Listening to the Future’ and ‘Management by Design’.