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  • Shawn shared from Making It Right: Product Management For A Startup World by Rian van der Merwe
    The important point to remember is that agile methodologies are good for refining a product, but not good for defining a product.
    Note: Good point
  • Shawn shared from Making It Right: Product Management For A Startup World by Rian van der Merwe
    When the first reviews and usage statistics for Facebook Home3 started appearing, John Gruber used a phrase that stuck with me4: “It’s a well-designed implementation of an idea no one wants.
    Note: Burn!
  • Shawn shared from Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
    The philosopher Professor Harry Frankfurt of Princeton University discusses this issue at length in his classic 1986 essay ‘On Bullshit’. Under his model, ‘bullshit’ is a form of falsehood distinct from lying: the liar knows and cares about the truth, but deliberately sets out to mislead; the truth-speaker knows the truth and is trying to give it to us; the bullshitter, meanwhile, does not care about the truth, and is simply trying to impress us: It is impossible for someone to lie unless he thinks he knows the truth. Producing bullshit requires no such conviction… When an honest man...
  • Shawn shared from Information Architecture for the World Wide Web: Designing Large-Scale Web Sites by Peter Morville, Louis Rosenfeld
    We shape our buildings: thereafter they shape us. — Winston Churchill
    Note: True, true, true
  • Shawn shared from ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever by Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
    When you treat people like children, you get children’s work. Yet that’s exactly how a lot of companies and managers treat their employees. Employees need to ask permission before they can do anything. They need to get approval for every tiny expenditure. It’s surprising they don’t have to get a hall pass to go take a shit.
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