Books that I have been reading and one key point for each

Design for the Real World, Human Ecology and Social Change by Victor Papanek

  • This is a great classic for anyone interested in design. I enjoyed this book so much that I delayed finishing it because I didn’t want it to end.

General System Theory by Ludwig von Bertalanffy

  • Interesting concepts like equifinality, where different starting states and mid-states can still end up in the same final state.

OUTLIERS by Malcolm Gladwell

  • Success is greatly helped by access to the right opportunities at the right time and it is very easy to bias the access to opportunities.

blink by Malcolm Gladwell

  • If we are a deep expert, our split-second decision can be correct, if we are under deep stress, our split-second decision can be completely wrong.
Quiet by Susan Cain
  • It is okay and reasonable for introverted people to feel tired after interacting with people. Take the time to recharge regularly, and do not feel that being an introvert is bad because it has many benefits.

Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler

  • Work on improving your own ability to contribute to the pool in dialogue first

I am a Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter

  • Awareness of ourselves builds up over time adding meanings to experiences which add meanings……..

Science and Poetry by Mary Midgley

  • The world is complex and cannot be reduced to a fundamental rule.

The Principles of Product Development FLOW by Donald G Reinertsen

  • Managing queues is very important and only about 2% of us do this

Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Kim Chan and Renee Mauborgne

  • Using the strategy canvas as a different way to look at a business

Getting Results the Agile Way by J.D. Meier

  • Choose 3 goals – per day/week/month/year

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

  • Actionable metrics and cohort analysis

Complexity A Guided Tour by Melanie Mitchell

  • Genetic algorithms look very interesting

The Comparative Archaeology of Complex Societies by Michael E. Smith

  • Use comparable measures (not summaries) – in archaeology examples of measures are where pot shards are found, not the conclusions drawn from their locations

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

  • We mostly rely on pattern-matching and we have lots of biases that are hard to detect and overcome




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