…A writing course. Every assignment would be delivered in five versions: A three page version, a one page version, a three paragraph version, a one paragraph version, and a one sentence version.
I don’t care about the topic. I care about the editing. I care about the constant refinement and compression.
—Jason Fried, in ‘The writing class I’d like to teach’
Each step requires asking “What’s really important?” That’s the most important question you can ask yourself about anything. The class would really be about answering that very question at each step of the way. Whittling it all down until all that’s left is the point.
Walls make it easier to iterate.
Digital things look ‘finished’ too soon. when something is a work in progress on a wall, it looks unfinished, so you keep working on it. moving things around, reshaping things, connecting things, erasing things, and making them again.
—Leisa Reichelt, in ‘What walls are for‘
… post it notes are still the best tool for research analysis for exactly this reason – no one ever does three (or more) rounds of synthesis using a digital tool.
“Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.”
– Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park.
ShatChat, March 12, 2017 at 11:39PM
It means understanding the product, understanding why our customers are using us and even more important why they are not using us or are not happy.
Every engineer is a product person, January 4, 2017 at 05:12PM
Stuff like this is why I admire TransferWise, as a company, so much. Continue reading Products, customers, and decisions