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How to identify The Most Important Thing

As we go through life, we encounter situations from time to time where we need to make a decision about something complex. Planning a product development roadmap? Navigating a tricky interpersonal relationship? Trying to figure out your own personal goals? Here’s one technique I use sometimes: First, start by asking: what is the most important thing? What is the one single thing you could do whereby: a) if you get this thing right, everything else is just an implementation detail, and b) if you don’t get this thing right, then nothing else… Read more How to identify The Most Important Thing

Predicting Walmart

It was easy to predict mass car ownership but hard to predict Walmart. -Carl Sagan The human brain is a wonderful, powerful thing – but it has some blind spots. One of these, I believe, is the way we compare things. Our go-to comparison method is “This versus that”, and it has a close cousin: “Before – After”. We’re good at comparing things that are similar – that’s why the scientific method, for instance, relies on controlled experimentation. Hold as many variables still as possible; test one at a time. This method… Read more Predicting Walmart

Emergence Podcast, Episode 4: Notifications

We’re back with another episode of Emergence Podcast! Matt and I talk about notifications, and argue about whether contextual relevance or ambiguity resolution is more important. In the episode, we refer back to my previous post, Notifications our lives now: is there room for any more? so I recommend reading that post before giving it a listen. Enjoy!