In September, Snowflake had the biggest software IPO in history. With so much attention on the company, an article that Frank Slootman wrote, the CEO, started circulating. It’s titled “Amp It Up!” and focuses on boosting performance in organizations by reducing the natural “slack” that companies create over time.
Slack (no, not the company with the shoes…) comes from a few different things such as unnecessary processes, not having the right person in the right seat on the bus, and having too broad of a focus. Focus was Slootman’s priority with Snowflake and it paid off. He says:
“When you narrow focus, you are increasing the resourcing on the remaining priority. It doesn’t have to time-slice and compete any more with a bunch of other stuff. And then things begin to move, stuff is getting done, and we move to the next thing.”
“I only did things and applied resources that had a compelling line-of-sight relationship with that goal. In tech, value is a function of growth, so we ran our companies for growth, period. It was an easy call when spending proposals came forward that had no discernible relationship with the mission. Investors were obviously in violent agreement.”