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Also, doesn’t plug-and-play well with others

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You want to sound smart next time you’re at a tech demo? Learn to ask this question, “Yes, but does it scale?” Try to arch your eyebrows just a bit, so that you look skeptical but perhaps also hopeful.

If they answer yes, and start talking in technical language way over your head, you say: “I’ll be interested in seeing that play out under real-world conditions.”

If they say, “How do you mean?”, you say: “I think you’ve just answered my question.” (Then spin on your heel and get out. No further conversation can possibly go well at this point.)


It's the ability of a system to handle a larger amount of work or to grow. For instance, you'll sometimes see a piece of software that works well as a demo, but once you introduce more users, it chokes under the load.

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