Monday Musings

By January 21, 2019 Mondays One Comment

You know you’ve made it as a blogger, when another dad starts talking to you about the new book they’re reading because you recommended it in an article, while waiting to pick up respective daughters from Brownies.

This one’s for you Steve! 😉

  • I loved this. And, probably saying “no” is something I need to do more of. It’s easy to fall into the trap of saying yes by default, and then ending up with much more work on your plate than you can possibly cope with. It’s something I have thought about a bit recently, just in terms of my PM role. And that doesn’t even touch on the various other activities I somehow find myself involved in. Yes, it’s time for no.
  • When Your Moonshots Don’t Take Off; a longer read, but worth the effort – this HBR article on innovation tools certainly got me thinking. It also reminded me of a similar focus I had several years back now. So, from the archives, you can read my views on tools for innovation here.
  • I discovered this article on The Risk of Discovery via Tim Ferris’s 25 most popular links of the year. A timely reminder for me as I’m considering how to better think through customer problems and make sure we’re solving the right ones. Sometimes, you gotta make a bet and you just don’t know what the outcome is going to be!
  • If you’re considering machine learning as a learning goal this year, you could do worse than to read this great primer from Code Like a Girl.
  • And in something of a break from tradition, as I start preparations for our quarterly roadmap session in a week or so, I am inspired by this quote I discovered via Julie Zhuo. I hope you are too!

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. —Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Thanks for reading. Feel free to reach out via a comment or on the socials if anything resonates.

Cheers,
Simon

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