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The Children's Munchausen
This is where the Munchausen I use as a logo comes from.
logos  books  Munchausen 
5 weeks ago by cote
Seeing Around Corners — a book review
A competitive arena, as opposed to an industry, is used as a primary lens through which to understand the world and therefore what the effects of a potential inflection point might be. Think of an arena as a definition of the setting where customer need connects with company solution to create value. An arena can be seen as super sized and strategic use cases that enable an organization to concentrate on what is really going on. It provides a tool with sufficient scope for meaningful change without falling into strategic paralysis. This is one idea that make the book worth the read.
Books  strategy  bookreviews  digitaltransformation  links  via:Workflow 
september 2019 by cote
The skills leaders need
people tend to assume that confident individuals are competent, when there is no actual relationship between the two qualities. Those confident people are then promoted. Overconfidence afflicts both sexes, but men more so; one study found that they overestimated their abilities by 30% and women by 15% on average.
Leadership  studies  books  gender  management  links  via:Workflow 
march 2019 by cote
☄️ Week 12, elf sweep loop texture build piano east content Yanni
One thing I’ve learned, writing books and then talking to people about those books and others, is that people read for wildly different reasons. I don’t only mean they read different books for different reasons – “I like mysteries, because they keep my brain occupied”; “I like fantasy novels, because they offer me a world that is fundamentally ordered and legible” – but also that they read the same books for different reasons. Wildly different. I mean sure, there is always the shared foundation of processing sentences on the page, rendering them into a kind of waking dream; but beyond that, there is sometimes zero overlap between the objectives and pleasures of different kinds of readers. The more I’ve been convinced of that, the more I’ve come to love it. It’s weird and challenging and exciting.
Books  writing  links  via:Workflow 
march 2019 by cote
Q&A on the Book Evidence-Based Management
The most important issue in organizational data quality is whether you have the data you need to test whether your beliefs about the organization are really true. So if I believe my organization has a reliable backoffice in terms of transactions, do I have the data that show how many errors are made a day or a month for a given volume of transactions.? Counts tell us almost nothing; we need rates, like errors/daily volume. If I am relying on my impressions, I am talking to myself.
Management  data  rca  errors  monitoring  books  interviews  links  via:Workflow 
march 2019 by cote
Evidence-Based Management Guide
It’s all about that Unrealized Value.
metrics  innovation  books 
january 2019 by cote
'The goal is to automate us': welcome to the age of surveillance capitalism
Lots of good stuff in there. It’d be great in the style of an airport book too. That is, the academic can’t toned-down, loosing the precision and thought-technology callbacks, but gaining clearing for those who could give a fuck about such meta-data.

> ...the idea of “data ownership” is often championed as a solution. But what is the point of owning data that should not exist in the first place? All that does is further institutionalise and legitimate data capture. It’s like negotiating how many hours a day a seven-year-old should be allowed to work, rather than contesting the fundamental legitimacy of child labour. Data ownership also fails to reckon with the realities of behavioural surplus. Surveillance capitalists extract predictive value from the exclamation points in your post, not merely the content of what you write, or from how you walk and not merely where you walk. Users might get “ownership” of the data that they give to surveillance capitalists in the first place, but they will not get ownership of the surplus or the predictions gleaned from it – not without new legal concepts built on an understanding of these operations.
techethics  privacy  books 
january 2019 by cote
Q&A on the Book Future Ethics
> When we create, we put forward a case for how we should interact with tech in future, and by extension how we should interact with each other. At the same time, we’re discarding thousands of alternative futures.
design  books  techethics  interviews 
january 2019 by cote
Life on the Road With Susan Orlean
> How do you pass the time on a flight?
> Sometimes I’ll do tasks that are usually so tedious that I would never be able to do it at home. I’ll spend an hour going through my contact list and update it. There is a lot of stuff I do on planes that I don’t do anywhere else. I play this little silly game on my phone called “Bejeweled” and that I have never, ever, ever done on the Earth’s surface. Similarly, I have never eaten a Biscoff cookie except at 35,000 feet.
travel  businesstravel  books 
december 2018 by cote
Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives
> What it all comes down to is that a mindset is an interpretative process that tells us what is going on around us. In the fixed mindset, that process is scored by an internal monologue of constant judging and evaluation, using every piece of information as evidence either for or against such assessments as whether you’re a good person, whether your partner is selfish, or whether you are better than the person next to you. In a growth mindset, on the other hand, the internal monologue is not one of judgment but one of voracious appetite for learning, constantly seeking out the kind of input that you can metabolize into learning and constructive action.
psychology  learning  books 
november 2018 by cote
Software was important, but civics hacking is the real enabler
Techmeme’s summary is all you need to read:

> Three recent books argue that big tech became powerful not because of "software disruption" but by ducking regulation, squeezing workers, strangling competitors
startups  books  digitaltransformation  politics 
october 2018 by cote
A useful big data story
> In 2011 Friedberg decided to sell exclusively to farmers, and WeatherBill changed its name to The Climate Corporation. “We needed to feel a little less Silicon Valley and less whimsical,” said Friedberg. For the next few years he would spend half his time on the road, explaining himself to people whose first step was toward mistrust. “Farmers don’t believe anything,” he said. “There’s always been some bullshit product for farmers. And the people selling it are usually from out of town.”

> He’d sit down in some barn or wood shop, pull out his iPad, and open up a map of whatever Corn Belt state he happened to be in. He’d let the farmer click on his field. Up popped the odds of various unpleasant weather events—a freeze, a drought, a hailstorm—and his crops’ sensitivity to them. He’d show the farmer how much money he would have made in each of the previous thirty years if he had bought weather insurance. Then David Friedberg, Silicon Valley kid, would teach the farmer about his own fields. He’d show the farmer exactly how much moisture the field contained at any given moment—above a certain level, the field would be damaged if worked on. He’d show him the rainfall and temperature every day—which you might think the farmer would know, but then the farmer might be managing twenty or thirty different fields, spread over several counties. He’d show the farmer the precise stage of growth of his crop, the best moments to fertilize, the optimum eight-day window to plant his seeds, and the ideal harvest date.

From The Fifth Risk.
agriculture  farming  books  bigdata  cases 
october 2018 by cote
The new tech effecting culture outline
> The trajectory of books about new technologies follows a similar pattern: first, hype; then, backlash; then, finally, a more considered view of what it might actually be good for.

Yup. Checks out.
Tech  books  reviews  techethics 
october 2018 by cote
Q&A on the Book Enterprise Agility
“Getting feedback on the effectiveness of the initiatives, and acting on it quickly to refine the strategies and initiatives to ensure their alignment with the purpose is critical for sustaining the effectiveness of the organization towards fulfilling the purpose.”
leadsership  books  enterprise  agile 
august 2018 by cote
Lessons from Elad Gil and High Growth Handbook
It’d be useful at some point to compare the “how to be a startup” advice to “how to modernize and suite of enterprise applications.” For example, an enterprise often knows its product/market fit (e.g., selling kidnapping insurance to executives). However, it may not know the best product/technology approach (it needs a mobile app that tracks when the executive leaves the country), or product/design fit (the executive’s assistant does most of the interaction with the software, so you need to add a secondary user).

For enterprises, there’s much to be learned from startup think, but there’s also much that’s different.
startups  books  reviews  cloudnative 
july 2018 by cote
The Book Is a Time Machine
Books as information tool and lifestyle are complex.

“Displayed books gesture forward and backward to acts of reading and rereading; of purchasing, posing, moving, and unpacking; of passing time and dropping into its folds.”
reviews  books 
july 2018 by cote
What makes a good deal?
“The rule of thumb is that there should be at least a 20 percent discount. That’s the number people think is a really good deal.”
retail  pricing  books 
july 2018 by cote
Stop Playing Devil’s Advocate, and Other Advice for Better Decision Making
I think the idea is, they know the devil’s advocate is a game, so they don’t take it seriously enough to be useful:

“When someone truly believes something different than you do, it has a stimulating quality for your own thinking. When you're roleplaying, you can't argue with the person who's pretending, if you will. People are under the illusion that since the information is the same, the two conversations should be equivalent. They put a devil's advocate in because they think you're going to get somebody who gets you to think about the alternative, and you're not going to get mad at each other. What they underestimate is that devil’s advocates don't make you think about the alternative decision. Playing devil’s advocate does not have the stimulating quality [one] hopes for. I don't think it has to do with the information that devil’s advocates state. I think it has to do with the fact that they believe something very differently than you do, and that challenge is sort of like a smack on the head, if you will, that gets you to start to rethink the issue. And so there's power in that.”
arguments  rhetoric  books 
july 2018 by cote
Books To Base Your Life on (The Reading List)
Self-help/improvement type-stuff, mostly.
july 2018 by cote
Online Community building books
“Lately, I’ve been reading several really good books about building communities and thought I’d share them with you.”
books  devrel 
july 2018 by cote
Amy Chozick’s book is about Hillary Clinton — and all the things reporters don’t write in their stories about Hillary Clinton
“I think her career is going to be such a symbol of how we viewed powerful women in this period of American history, that it’s going to be incredibly important and studied for decades,” she said. “The fact the last chapter of her political career was up against this candidate who was bragging about sexually assaulting women, and had a known history of insulting women, it was such a confluence of forces.”
books  hillary  gender  politics  journalism 
may 2018 by cote
Q&A on the Book Agile Management
“Most of the available maturity models measure the degree to which the agile techniques and tools are deployed. I prefer to look at it from a different angle. First, define what your most important performance indicators are with respect to agility. For instance, time-to-market, employee satisfaction, customer satisfaction, and so on. Then benchmark these, if possible. And also follow their development over time, to determine whether they are improving or not.”
books  agile  metrics  interviews 
april 2018 by cote
How Does Advertising Work?
‘It is also SELECTIVE … because, apparently, we have always been overwhelmed by sensory data and can’t begin to notice it all. Even before Snap and the iPhone X, our brains said: “Too much! Give me the bullets!”... For advertising, the implications are obvious. To rise from our sensory swamp, an ad must be EMOTIONALLY INTENSE. We assume the binary default is positive, but there is evidence that negative works as well. This study (from a consultancy now called System 1) showed that ads we hate are more likely to get us to buy a product than ads we don’t notice’
gartner  advertising  books 
march 2018 by cote
To Build a More Capable Cyber Policy Field, Teach Policy to Technologists
If you want to change government with IT, first make sure you understand how government works before you go and try to debug and refactor it.
digitaltransformation  security  thecyber  books  policy  government 
march 2018 by cote
How Tech Companies Became a Political Force
“When tech leaders prophesy a utopia of connectedness and freely flowing information, they do so as much out of self-interest as belief. Rather than a decentralized, democratic public square, the internet has given us a surveillance state monopolized by a few big players. That may puzzle technological determinists, who saw in networked communications the promise of a digital agora. But strip away the trappings of Google’s legendary origins or Atari’s madcap office culture, and you have familiar stories of employers versus employees, the maximization of profit, and the pursuit of power. In that way, at least, these tech companies are like so many of the rest.”
books  techethics  history  Tech 
march 2018 by cote
The parent trap: can you be a good writer and a good parent?
“I had experienced being judged as a mother, when I periodically left my son with my husband from the age of six months – he is six now – to go away to write. I only departed for a week at a time. But who knows what I might have done had I lived in 1940s Southern Rhodesia, trapped in a life of coffee mornings and sundowners, worrying, as Lessing did, that the time when she could openly be herself might never come.”
books  gender  parenthood  writing 
february 2018 by cote
Books on design
Recommend by Pivotal’s design practice lead.
books  design  pivotal 
february 2018 by cote
Is everything you think you know about depression wrong?
‘between 2011 and 2012, the polling company Gallup conducted the most detailed study ever carried out of how people feel about the thing we spend most of our waking lives doing – our paid work. They found that 13% of people say they are “engaged” in their work – they find it meaningful and look forward to it. Some 63% say they are “not engaged”, which is defined as “sleepwalking through their workday”. And 24% are “actively disengaged”: they hate it.’


‘To them, finding an antidepressant didn’t mean finding a way to change your brain chemistry. It meant finding a way to solve the problem that was causing the depression in the first place.’
depression  work  books  surveys  psycology 
january 2018 by cote
Clever calculator
Review of a book on Fermi.
biography  books  physics 
january 2018 by cote
Books in 2017
From Señior Wordpress.
january 2018 by cote
There used to be time to arrive. Incremental geographical changes would ease the inner transitions: desert would gradually give way to shrub, savannah to grassland. At the harbour, the camels would be unloaded, a room would be found overlooking the customs house, passage would be negotiated on a steamer. Flying fish would skim past the ship’s hull. The crew would play cards. The air would cool.
books  travel  airports  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  quote  tumblr:quote 
october 2014 by cote
A long wait for a scanning machine can induce many of us to start asking ourselves if we have perhaps after all left home with an explosive device hidden in our case, or unwittingly submitted to a months-long terrorist training course.
travel  books  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  quote  tumblr:quote 
october 2014 by cote
I poked it. A few bits. A little motor from something, rocking; a broken television; remnants of unidentifiable bits and pieces, corkscrewed detritus, on a layer of cloth and dust. Layers of rust and scabs of oxide.
ChinaMiéville  CityAndTheCity  books  kibble  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  quote  tumblr:quote 
july 2014 by cote
Do the Amazon robots know something about me that I don’t? (The last 3 seem normal…but the first three? Uh-oh…)
screenshots  machinelearning  books  recommendations  pics  stress  anger  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  tumblr:photo  photo 
july 2014 by cote
Digging behind the headlines about factory robots and self-driving cars, wearable computers and digitized medicine, Carr explores the hidden costs of allowing software to take charge of our jobs and our lives. Drawing on history and philosophy, poetry and science, he makes a compelling case that the dominant Silicon Valley ethic is sapping our skills and narrowing our horizons.
luddite  CCOS  culture  books  automation  consumertech  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  quote  tumblr:quote 
june 2014 by cote
brucesterling: I mostly like brucesterling's hash tag. His book Holy Fire is a good treatment of what could happen if the old people take over, starting with concentration of wealth. Gerontocracy cross with the 1%/99% wage disparity problem in a big way. Plus the usual, pulpy Sterling hijinks.
charts  reblogs  demographics  age  books  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  tumblr:photo  photo 
june 2014 by cote
He points out there is no need to check if you have new email: you have. Everyone always has new mail waiting. No one complains about not getting enough email.
CCOS  email  books  infooverload  reviews  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  quote  tumblr:quote 
june 2014 by cote
Escape Velocity, by Geoffrey Moore, is one of the better tech strategy books out there, mainly focusing on how existing companies can avoid screwing themselves. Innovator’s Dilemma and all that. This is a nice looking overview, including the above field question of how to do the messaging around why your offer is different than the alternatives.
books  innovation  sales  marketing  fieldmaterial  GeoffreyMoore  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  tumblr:photo  photo 
june 2014 by cote
Another chart from Stall Points. This one bringing back lots of memories from working on corporate strategy, not for the content but for the semiotics and such: those little dotted lines indicating the thought put into making it easier to read, the legend with crisp text explaining the numbers, and the “walk” to the conclusion. Above all of that is the courage to come up with a model and theory rather than just reporting the weather. (It’s missing the critical title, a good McKinsey-style title that tells you what to think, which is just not in the screenshot since I yoinked it from a book.)
books  strategy  stallpoint  growth  bargraphs  diagrams  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  tumblr:photo  photo 
june 2014 by cote
From the book Stall Points, which I’ve just started.
diagrams  business  growth  books  strategy  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  tumblr:photo  photo 
june 2014 by cote
PowerPoint and its infamous bullet points have been so abused in later years that the term “PowerPoint death” has become widespread, to the extent that some voices claim that PowerPoint is making us stupid or threatening our thinking and reasoning. It’s understandable that as a reaction some very popular books published in the last couple of years about presentations focused on creating minimalist slides, with stunning visuals and little text. These decks might be appropriate for ballroom-style presentations before large audiences expecting to be motivated and/or entertained. However, the vast majority of presentations in the business world are boardroom-style presentations in which these design guidelines have little application.
PowerPoint  presentations  rhetoric  reviews  books  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  quote  tumblr:quote 
april 2014 by cote
Extreme Programming, a Reflection | 8th Light
[F]fourteen years ago it was wildly controversial. Indeed, it was so controversial that whole books were published describing how this couldn’t possibly work, and how all the proponents were knuckle-dragging, money-grubbing, nitwits who never wrote a line of code in their lives and….
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  agile  books  developers  XP  KentBeck  link  tumblr:link 
december 2013 by cote
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