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Timing is Everything

While I was working in product marketing, I always heard people talking about “time-to-market,” and how important it was to get products to market as quickly as possible. Instinctively, this sounds good, but in reality what is important is “timeliness to market.” What that means is that you need to get your product to the market just before the market starts to develop.
I am reminded of a parable that was told to me by a great mentor while I was at Texas Instruments concerning timing. It was called Unfolding a Rose.
A young student, whose wife had just bore him a baby girl, was walking with his wise Teacher in a garden, explaining his loss at understanding life, his daughter's purpose, and how was he, who knew nothing, expected to shape a new life.

The old man simply plucked a rose bud from a large, very old vine. "Here, open this without tearing or damaging any petals."

He tried as the Teacher had bid him; yet, but he could not unfold the rose without damaging it, no mat…