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  • Three types of wanting

    March 26, 2020 by

    If you’re building a product, it better be something that people want. That much is obvious. But it turns out that this concept of “wanting” is enormously complex — and there are lots of ways to misunderstand it. Here are three types of “want”. Type 1 wanting: the passions The first kind of desire is… Read more

  • When to kill your product

    March 23, 2020 by

    Product axiom: you should maximize your chances of getting lucky. Corollary: you should minimize the time you’re spending on branches that aren’t going to work. How do you do that? You kill branches that aren’t going to work. How do you know when a branch is not going to work? Right. That’s a good question… Read more

  • Good strategy is design

    March 20, 2020 by

    Good strategy is design, and design is about fitting various pieces together so they work as a coherent whole. Richard Rumelt: Good Strategy, Bad Strategy

  • Product strategy: understanding chain-link logic

    March 19, 2020 by

    This work-in-progress post is part of a set on the topic of mission, vision, and strategy. “A system has chain-link logic,” says Richard Rumelt in Good Strategy, Bad Strategy, “when its performance is limited by its weakest subunit, or link.” Rumelt’s example: the space shuttle Challenger‘s performance was limited by the rubber o-rings that sealed the… Read more

  • Great missions are great except for when they’re not

    March 18, 2020 by

    This work-in-progress post is part of a set on the topic of mission, vision, and strategy. There are some ways in which a strongly mission-oriented company culture can be bad, or perceived as bad by outsiders. Those include: Ya’ll are weird. You say things that are outside the Overton window. Ya’ll think the same way,… Read more

  • A portal to great missions

    March 17, 2020 by

    This work-in-progress post is part of a set on the topic of mission, vision, and strategy. It’s widely agreed that if you want your company or team to do great things, it’s all but necessary to have a great mission. And yet the vast majority of companies and teams either don’t have anything like a… Read more

  • Outline – Vision, Mission, Strategy

    March 16, 2020 by

    I’ve been thinking about Vision, Mission, and Strategy — for both individuals and organizations. I’m also trying to figure out how to increase the quality of the stuff I put on this blog while maintaining low cost (time and pain) of writing. Today’s experiment: modularize planning. I’ll make a little outline / wish list of… Read more

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