Weeknote 523 – 5 days

This week I have learned: the appeal of Japanese fox-based metaphors (cheers Mr Wilshire!)the power of listening to the stories customers want to tell.that The Bullingdon Club really are the crème de la crème.that Data is moving up the agenda.that you really need to know why.that standing is the new sitting. Or something. Next week: … Continue reading Weeknote 523 – 5 days

Lists, maps and strategy

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a distinction between two types ofthinking - map thinking and list thinking. In a chance' conversation this week with a former colleague Mark, we started to explore how these two mindsets might apply to the thorny world of strategy. To start off, there are many interpretations of … Continue reading Lists, maps and strategy

The hierarchy of meetings

In the years BC (before COVID) there was a strict hierarchy. Meetings in the same room as one another were supreme. People who weren't in person could dial in. The people dialling in felt like interlopers. They were peripheral to the discussion. Often people in the room forgot the people on the line existed at … Continue reading The hierarchy of meetings

Weeknote 521: teletext retro

This week I have learned... the power of the House Trainerthe term "toxic positivity"that it's about creating environments where evolution happensthat bad things can happen when things that should be outcomes become inputsthat it's chuffing coldthat Gather has some legs (but not on a mobile)that I value being asked to be part of groups almost … Continue reading Weeknote 521: teletext retro

Evolution, not intelligent design

Eight or so years ago, I found myself at a software developer event organised by the US company Twilio. If you are not familiar, Twilio provide software that allows other people building apps to connect their products and services to the telephone system. They enable you to integrate with voice and text messages without the … Continue reading Evolution, not intelligent design

Weeknote 520 – a decade’s worth

This week I have learned... the value of flotsam and jetsamhow much I enjoy running a workshoplists is what they were afterthat perhaps we should say "iterative or linear" rather than "agile or waterfall"that getting back into the book-writing is just about making a bit of time again that peer nudges helpthat the World Cup … Continue reading Weeknote 520 – a decade’s worth

#SAE February – Kevlar Speaker Cone

It's my old friend Dan's fault, this one. Back in the 1990s, when he and I were sharing a house in Dalston, we shared the living room with a ginormous pair of 1970s speakers that he'd picked up a few years previously, second hand. They weighed a tonne, they had tweeters in little cages sitting … Continue reading #SAE February – Kevlar Speaker Cone

Weeknote 519 – launched

This week I have learned: how to make gyozahow to build a snowmansometimes surprising outcomes come soon after disappointment.that the kids have probably had their fill of home schooling too.the all-time best TV theme is The Professionals.at the end of the day, a website is just a route in to a set of services.maps versus … Continue reading Weeknote 519 – launched