Realpolitik of Using Lean Startup in the Enterprise

Realpolitik of Using Lean Startup in the Enterprise

Lean Startup – Narrative, Movement, Fad As with all meta-narratives, Lean Startup¬†creates all kinds of responses from the business community because many of us feel part of that narrative. “Lean” as a concept doesn’t belong to anyone, including Eric Ries, because its just part of a wider set of narratives that many of us have been acting out for some time, to varying degrees. Indeed, Eric’s site refers to it as a...

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Beware of the mythical power of experts and gurus…

Beware of the mythical power of experts and gurus…

It’s all too easy to bow to experts and gurus to the extent that we feel inadequate. We will limit our options and opinions because so-and-so guru said something that we took to be true simply because he’s an expert. We then imbibe their opinions or ideas into our thought framework and become trapped. There are a number of problems with expertise. As Gladwell wrote in Outliers: The idea that excellence at performing a complex task...

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Building an open source hackable car…

Building an open source hackable car…

We are makers, not hunters. Kids love Lego. We love to build.¬†Perhaps the first event that made us modern humans was the invention of the stone axe. Ever since we discovered the concept of increased productivity through mechanization, we were hooked on invention. If we want to return to “manufacturing greatness” then we have to think anew. We need to redefine what making things means. This transformation is already underway with the...

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The powerful influence of color

The powerful influence of color

In my current role as Director of Labs and Chief Scientist for Art.com, I do a lot of thinking about color (or “colour” for my UK friends). It is easily one of the most fascinating topics I have pondered in a long time. My labs team is trying to solve various problems to do with perception, taste and color harmony. The end goal is to suggest decor products that the user will find pleasing in his or her current, or planned,...

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Is your child an “Edison Child?”

Is your child an “Edison Child?”

Maybe your child has the “Edison Trait. In this age of distraction, we get increasingly frustrated that some of our kids find it hard to focus on the task at hand. They prefer Minecraft to slogging through another set of algebra questions. And, when we’re not looking, they flip quickly to Minecraft, Facebook, YouTube etc. If we are honest with ourselves, we are all easily distracted, especially in this multi-tasking world that we now...

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