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Eleph-ant; or, Small but perfectly formed

The word fragment is often misused to describe anything smaller than a bread box, but an eight-hundred page book is no more complete or unbroken than a ten-line poem. That’s confusing size with integrity. An ant is not a fragment of an elephant except orthographically.

Sarah Manguso: 300 Arguments

Homework: think about which kind of ant is right for you. Not “How can we scale to infinity?” or “How can we stay small and keep control?” but rather “What is the right size for this project?” and “What proportions will enable us to serve?”

Hat-tip: Sharky

See also:

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 6: Scale is not a Reward
Project phase, organisation size and specialisation
Do it now, and start small

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