Choice Paralysis


Good talk from Sheena Iyengar, must see

Takeaways on Choice Paralysis

Remediation:

  1. Cut – Less is more. We need more options to be successful might not necessarily be true.
  2. Concretize – Make it vivid. More information might not help in choice. What might help if you can see concrete outcomes
  3. Categorization – More Categories, fewer choices. Category should mean something to the chooser, who they are suppose to be informing.
  4. Condition for Complexity – Go for increasing complexity. We can handle complexity if we go in increasing order. Instead of many options to start from.

Be Choosy about Choosing.

http://www.ted.com/talks/sheena_iyengar_choosing_what_to_choose.html

http://www.ted.com/talks/sheena_iyengar_on_the_art_of_choosing.html 

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NO BE CHICKEN…Interesting Post from Fred Wilson…


This is a good post about why products need to have personality and other interesting observations which apply can be applied to product development.

Post from Fred Wilson.  Go to this post: Minimum Viable Personality

NO BE CHICKEN

CHICKEN LIVE IN CAGE. NO CAN HAVE PERSONALITY INSIDE CAGE.

LAST STEP IS SMASH CAGE, LIGHT BARN ON FIRE.

DO THAT, YOU WIN.

CHICKENWIN

Minimum Viable Personality
Fred

Interesting Read from HBR


Interesting article from HBR on discovery and leadership. It is important that leadership is involved in process of discovery while working on ideas and innovations. It is not enough to participate in the staged reviews

The Dangers of Delegating Discovery 

Scott Anthony

Delegation is a necessary survival skill for senior executives. But when executives delegate their discovery-related innovation tasks, the odds of them finding the surprising insights that often spur transformative-growth businesses decrease dramatically.

This thought crossed my mind as I participated in a review session for an interesting new growth business that a large company was considering. The session seemed innocent enough. Senior executives actively participated in the discussion. They made thoughtful comments and helped the team clarify how it should take the idea forward. Not surprisingly, the team members had more questions than answers, but they left with a clear plan to go learn more about the things they didn’t know.

After the meeting, it was clear that executives would turn back their attention to “normal” activities, and would expect to hear an update from the team in about 90 days.

Sounds reasonable enough, right? But remember: the most powerful businesses don’t result from careful analysis; they emerge, often unexpectedly, from trial-and-error execution (a point made nicely by Roger Martin in his recent blog post). What happens if (when) after the review meeting the team discovers something unexpected that warrants a significant course correction? Strategy can’t always be scheduled.

Complete Article

Interesting Podcast – .Net Rocks


Takeaways from Podcast

Handshake – Agreement after requirement gathering about vocabulary between subject matter export (SME) and the developer.

Concepts to Ponder – Similarity Analysis and Cluster Analysis.

Using Rules Engine to mimic customer behaviors.

Carl and Richard talk to Loren Goodman from InRule Technologies about rule engines. Loren talks about how rule engines help applications organize rules so that non-developers can modify them. The goal is to reduce maintenance costs for software. The conversation moves over to concepts of complex event processing and how it applies to developing new rules dynamically.

Loren Goodman Programs By the Rules!
Tue, 23 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMT

TED – Technology, Entertainment and Design


My belief is the Technology and Design can solve lots of problems we face in world today. TED is a non-profit promoting this belief. There were some interesting presentations at TED conference link below.

What impressed me was the presentation by Pranav Mistry, researcher of the “Sixth Sense” fame. Nice thing to note in this is the fact that the invention uses lots of technology available today. The hardware used is available today and it is matter of an innovator using this with software and you have something with is very cool and full of possibilities. See the video of his presentation at link below.

Also, some interesting perspective in way India works from Devdutt Pattanaik. Being Indian, i believe that we are full of contradictions and that is not necessarily a bad thing. Check out presentation in the link below: http://www.ted.com/talks/devdutt_pattanaik.html

Checkout more presentations and contents at www.ted.com