Why Too Many Features Ruin Your Favorite Software

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In a recent interview, former Indiana Governor and Purdue President Mitch Daniels laid out his thinking as the University begins to chart a new strategic plan. Daniels presents a vision resistant to complacency, stressing the importance of choices, “a real strategy is defined by what it leaves out,” he said. “If you can’t name some important choices that were not included, it’s probably not a very good guide because you can’t try to do everything.”

Don’t do everything. Invest in what you do well. This isn’t novel wisdom, but its advice that rarely seems to stick. Overextending resources is a failure of vision, a vain attempt to examine the landscape, see everything, learn nothing, and imitate without nuance. This is a cross industry pitfall. There’s simply too many ideas, practices, and products for one person or organization to do many well. Jack of all trades is a master of none.

What We Are Thankful For

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It’s that moment of the year where we begin to think about family, friends who we don’t see quite often enough, a reprieve from work, and the events that made this year in our lives special. We can feel this time of year, even if what should be a brisk autumn is more like a mild winter right now in Indiana. Things are slowing down, the nights arrive too soon, and we begin to consider all the people that are responsible for our good fortune. We are taking stock of these people, the places, the memories made, and the fun had. This has been an amazing year, and we couldn’t possibly include everyone and everything we are thankful for, but there are a few that stood out. This is what we at Passageways are forever thankful for:

Graduation Spotlight: Westby Co-Op Credit Union

Graduation Spotlight- Westby Co-op Credit Union
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Westby Cooperative Credit Union was organized by a group of farmers in 1939 in Vernon Country, Wisconsin. Today, Westby has seven offices in southern Wisconsin, $330 million in assets, more than 150 employees and 23,000 members. We spoke with Westby’s Executive Secretary Brenda Noggle and Vicky Inman the Internal Auditor and Compliance Officer about their experience adopting OnBoard. What follows is a transcript of our conversation, lightly edited for clarity and length.

A New School of Thought: Millikin University’s Digital Boardroom

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Millikin University, home to 2400 students in the classically Midwestern city of Decatur Illinois, began a search to replace their paper bound board books under a simple premise: find a software solution that made meetings more efficient without costing more than what they paid annually to print and bind their paper board books. To find the right fit for their board, Millikin spoke with business leaders, talked with peer educational institutions, and listened to a series of online presentations. Their extensive survey concluded that Passageways’ OnBoard delivered the tools they needed to enable effective university governance.

Graduation Spotlight: Pan American Bank

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Pan American Bank, from Melrose, Illinois, was seeking an easy to use and intuitive replacement for paper bound board books. After discovering Passageways, they elected to adopt OnBoard in May, 2014. Their experience is one of our favorite examples of how OnBoard can transform your boardroom. We spoke with Randy Blackburn, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, about Pan American Bank’s experience. What follows is a transcript of our conversation, lightly edited for clarity and length.