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The Best Book For Starting A Data-Driven Practice

Lean Analytics Rating: 9/10 Best Line #1: Analytics is a necessary counterweight to lying, the yin to the yang of hyperbole. Best Line #2: Relying on wisdom and experience, rather than rigid analysis, helps us get through our day. You don’t run A/B testing before deciding what pants to put on. Many years ago, I […]

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Good Measurement and Bad Mimicry

Theodore Roosevelt captured of fundamental truth in the human condition when he shared the following: Comparison is the thief of joy. But comparison isn’t the problem, of course. Envy is. The act of comparison is just an information-gathering exercise. Our response to that information is where the joy-stealing really happens. This effect is heightened when […]

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Go Ahead. Move The Goalposts.

There is one particular logical fallacy that children use to great effect whenever they’re in an argument. It always makes for a good laugh. To illustrate, imagine a scene on the playground: an adolescent looks up at the sky and says, “It won’t rain today.” A schoolmate says, “It will, too.” “No it won’t.” “Yes […]

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Blind Values, Empty Metrics

Nothing compares to great data. Nothing does more to help me clarify situations, develop solutions, or make changes. And when data is woven into an honest narrative, it makes for some of the most beautiful, compelling expressions of thought we can find. It reminds me of a great line from Steven Pinker in his seminal […]

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The Biggest Challenge Yet

True to The Lean Startup principles, I’m conducting a retrospective to report what I’ve learned in the first six-week cycle of this humble effort to develop something useful. Here’s Lesson #4: Rock climbing is like anything; you start small. You have to gain some fundamental skills and learn your initial limitations. There are shortcuts but […]

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Quality And Context – Must Have Both

True to The Lean Startup principles, I’m conducting a retrospective to report what I’ve learned in the first six-week cycle of this humble effort to develop something useful. Here’s Lesson #2: I think the chefs at P.F. Chang’s could make a great lasagna, something better than anything at Olive Garden. But they won’t make lasagna […]

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Lesson #1 from the First Six Weeks: Less But Better

True to The Lean Startup principles featured in Week #4, I’m conducting a retrospective to report what I’ve learned in the first six-week cycle of this humble effort to develop something useful. Here’s Lesson #1: It’s funny that I’m the person who champions Dieter Rams’ “Less But Better” ethic by writing 2,000 words about it. […]

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The Best Book for Lean Management

The Lean Startup By Eric Reis 10/10 Best Line #1: Always have a theory. Best Line #2: Only 5% of entrepreneurship is the big idea, the business model, the whiteboard strategizing, and the splitting up of the spoils. The other 95% is the gritty work that is measured by innovation accounting: product prioritization decision, deciding […]

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Think Big, Start Small

This is my favorite line from this week’s book. It’s also the underlying logic behind this website that I call a “service”. Today’s post is about how starting small is the most inspiring thing one can do. Imagine you have a big need somewhere, a major problem that affects the entire community. The stakes are […]

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