Monday, September 20, 2010

Flip - PeterSheahen

"Flip" is an awesome book! thats my take - thanks to the match of ideologies that I have with the author - Peter Sheahan

The book deal about the importance of embracing change, adapting oneself instead of brooding and trying to deny the reality.

The book talks about the four forces -
  • compression
  • complexity
  • accountability
  • expectation
as the primary drivers of the turbulent change we see in the environment.

The remaining chapters deal with how to handle these fore factors - important keys among these being
  • Be all of fast, good, cheap and more...
  • Business is personal
  • There is no wisdom in crowds (they are important to validate not to help you innovate. innovation happens of the fringes)
  • To get control, give it up
  • Action precedes clarity
Pete provides sufficient information and evidence to support his claim and argument, and convinces the reader about the need to change. I can use quite a bit of these in my examples.

Initial part of the book looked a bit boring, but then as the book picked up each of the four factors the excitement was on the ascent and only left me hungry for more.

People trying to get an answer from the turbulent environment we exist in today, here is an useful aid.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

1 + 1 = 2 Whatz the assumption

I was thinking of it while speaking to some of my friends and here is a realization I had!

me: I ask them what is 1 + 2 ?
response: '3' came the response (with a vague stare indicating - do you think you are smart?)

me: My next question went what is your assumption?
response: Assumption? its plane maths! its arithmetic... (with the stare indicating that they were surprised with this)

me: Nope I just wondering if you realized the depth of what you just told!
response: ah!!! (with all expression of kind of frustration!, looking at each other.)

I then proceeded to ask them what is 2a + b; and the answer came (2a+b).

me: Then what is 2a + b + a
response: 3a + b

me: Yup! So what is your assumption!
response: they are like variables!

True! but the question here is essentially, do we really understand what like variables mean? They are variables true but - they are modeling something in the real world. What is that?

The variables essentially stand for class of objects; what I mean is here
Let me ask:- How much is 2 dogs + a cat (equivalent to 2a+b!)?
2 dogs + a cat (that is the answer, its nothing like 3 cats or 3 dogs)

This realization is so fundamental, I hope we realize the depth of every thing that we learn!