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  • A shared from The Design of Design: Essays from a Computer Scientist by Frederick P. Jr. Brooks
    frontispiece. In fact, Royce introduced his waterfall as a straw man that he then argued against, but many people have cited and followed the straw man rather than his more sophisticated models. I
    Note: interesting background on the origins of waterfall
  • A shared from The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
    Five Whys is a powerful organizational technique. Some of the engineers I have trained to use it believe that you can derive all the other Lean Startup techniques from the Five Whys. Coupled with working in small batches, it provides the foundation a company needs to respond quickly to problems as they appear, without overinvesting or overengineering.
    Note: five whys
  • A shared from Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
    Jobs put his hand on Ellison’s left shoulder, pulled him so close that their noses almost touched, and said, “Larry, this is why it’s really important that I’m your friend. You don’t need any more money.”
    Note: ha nice moment
  • A shared from Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
    Ellison said he could line up $3 billion in financing: “I will buy Apple, you will get 25% of it right away for being CEO, and we can restore it to its past glory.” But Jobs demurred. “I decided I’m not a hostile-takeover kind of guy,” he explained.
    Note: didn't realise Ellison amd Jobs were close
  • A shared from The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
    Customers don’t care how much time something takes to build. They care only if it serves their needs.
    Note: so true...
  • A shared from A Gentleman's Bedside Book by Tom Cutler
    a groundbreaking German study has discovered that staring at women’s breasts for ten minutes a day has the health-promoting benefits of a thirty-minute bike ride, adding five years to your life by exercising the heart and improving circulation.
    Note: clearly this is the kind of snippet that needs sharing #healthy
  • A shared from In The Plex by Steven Levy
    The metric for this exchange was, oddly enough, human lives. The calculation goes like this: average human life expectancy is seventy years. That’s about two billion seconds. If a product has 100 million users and unnecessarily wastes four seconds of a user’s time every day, that was more than a hundred people killed in a year.
    Note: wow what a google metric
  • A shared from In The Plex by Steven Levy
    (Eventually, Gmail would use the same semantic analysis system as AdSense, based on Georges Harik’s Phil project.)
    Note: interesting snippet
  • A shared from In The Plex by Steven Levy
    “They liked it the way it was,” Sullivan would later say with a sigh. “It was very important to engineering that they were not going to be like Microsoft, they were not going to be an evil company.”
    Note: "don't be evil"