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January 5, 2011

Creative bursts

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Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.—Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Inauguration Day, 1933 See also: Getting down to the Business of Creativity

[…] figure out how to get in the zone and do it as often as possible. – Trent

How does one deal with distractions? So how does one get into the zone? Here is one way to do it:

  1. Door shut
  2. People out
  3. Phone off
  4. Email/skype off
  5. Coffe/tea on

[…] When I get back, I’m going to delete all the email in my box, so if it’s important, please re-send it next week. – Seth

Patterns that could be sabotaging your idea.

  • Being a failure avoider
  • Ego based achievement
  • Ambivalence

Some tips from Nicolai about Sketching Strategies:

  • Browse your sketchbooks
  • Date your sketches
  • Avoid erasing notes or removing pages
  • Have tour sketchbook with you

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November 16, 2010

Management 3.0

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This is a summary of a great presentation by Jurgen AppeloAgile Management: Leading Teams with a Complex Mind.

View #1: Energize People

People are the most important parts of an organization and managers must do all they can to keep people active, creative and motivated.

View #2: Empower Teams

Teams can self-organize and this requires empowerment, authorization and trust from management.

View #3: Align Constraints

Self-organization can lead to anything and it’s therefore necessary to protect people and shared resources and to give people a clear purpose and defined goals.

Conway’s Game Of Life

Settlers of Catan

Settlers of Catan

View #4: Develop Competence

Teams cannot achieve these goals if team members aren’t capable enough and managers must therefore contribute to the development of competence.

View #5: Grow Structure

Many teams operate within the context of a complex organization and thus it is important to consider structures that enhance communication.

View #6: Improve Everything

People, teams and organizations need to improve continuously to defer failure for as long as possible.

  • Adaption
  • Exploration
  • Anticipation

See also:

October 23, 2010

Make Innovative Ideas Happen

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“Nearly every major breakthrough innovation has been preceded by a string of failed or misguided executions.” — Frans Johansson.

It’s our implementation, not our idea that matters.

  • It’s how we apply those ideas.
  • How creative we are.
  • How useful we are.
  • How brave we are.
  • How technically skilled we are.
  • How we anticipate what our users will love.
  • How we learn from the ideas and work of others.

It’s not about our ideas, it’s about what the ideas can do for our users.


The most brilliant idea, with no execution, is worth $20.
The most brilliant idea takes great execution to be worth $20,000,000.

That’s why I don’t want to hear people’s ideas.
I’m not interested until I see their execution.

by Derek

[…] without the right idea, any amount of execution is worthless

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October 20, 2010

Innovation is a distraction

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Go make something. Now!

Way to success: Get better on what you have been doing.

Big ideas look weird in the present

See also: TechTalk – NUI – What’s in a Name

My Core, Your Context, you pay.


Sleep is that time you’re working on startup problems with your eyes close

Iterate your ideas on a whiteboard and use your sleep, shower and jogging time to process the ideas. When you come back change your white board. This is the fastest way to plan your company.

March 12, 2010

The Myths of Innovation

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Magic moment, epiphiany, the sudden realization


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