Money or profit is the sun. Mercury is sales. The closest to it, taking all the heat. The ones on the sun side are cold calling, direct sales. On the backside, in the hot dark, commercial contracts, deals, and new business. Venus is marketing. Looking cool on the outside but a literal hell on the… Continue reading The business solar system
A decision framework. To generate work is no challenge. Finding which work matters, and the right order of execution, is the real challenge. That is: deciding. It makes a lot of sense to think of a decision like a weight measuring of arguments and pick the side that is heavier or lighter. This is easy.… Continue reading A surprisingly simple way to make good decisions
Here is a short theory. Product innovation is all the work which satisfies one of these two outcomes: A) it increases the size of the core user base B) it increases the amount of added value for the product This is it. Really. And you can see this in place at the current Behemoths of… Continue reading Things generally suck because of product innovation
Aren’t we lovely when we’re delusional? Er, I mean all high on hope. When you think of software eating the world you imagine: an automated heaven, filled with people being paid for leisure time a symphony of orchestrated machinery, working for some hard coded greater good hidden, but constantly communicating, systems that combine streams of data… Continue reading Actually, the world is eating software
Success is counted sweetestBy those who ne’er succeed.To comprehend a nectarRequires sorest need. I’m a failed entrepreneur, which makes me a great employee. I’m a failed implementer, which makes me a great architect. I have a track record of unsuccesful projects, which makes me a great analyst. I failed at so many things I basically lost… Continue reading 4 Steps I Always Take To Fail
Take the other pill: Yet, who am I to argue with Seneca? I think, all opportunity is based on a weird arrangement of the universe, on a specific moment. I think, there is no opportunity without luck. This might well be the reason for ninety-nine in one hundred startups failing. And, it is a soothing fact for… Continue reading Opportunity Is What Happens When Luck Meets Preparation
Listen, I get it, you hate the word “p r o c e d u r e”. When you only hear about “procedures”, you get chicken pox. I just wanted to let you know it is just a word. A word is not harmful by itself. But I know, the founding fathers of our meritocracy… Continue reading Who should be a manager?
I work on web development projects for over 15 years and the biggest challenge has constantly been: quality human capital. It is really a weird situation, in a domain that is so technically inclined, where people face with problems that may boggle some of the greatest minds, to be set aside instead by problems of… Continue reading Why finding “10x” developers is so hard
Anchoring is a cognitive bias that describes the common human tendency to rely too heavily on the first piece of information offered (the “anchor”) when making decisions. PON, Harvard And now, to wrap up our interview, may I ask you what is your current salary? No. Could you at least tell us the level of… Continue reading An offer with an anchor inside is called bait
“all humans are motivated to seek pleasure and avoid pain, to seek hope and avoid fear, and finally, to seek social acceptance and avoid rejection.” ― Nir Eyal, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products First, ignore pleasure Pleasure is temporary. Pleasure comes to you without your effort of seeking it out. The only thing you have to… Continue reading Be Better: Don’t Be Hooked ™
The old joke “mandatory fun” is true 100%. Why should anyone care to spend even more time in the same social setting after throwing the bulk of their week at it? I mean, if you can’t be friends, nice, helpful, human, with the people that help you feed your children, during at least forty hours a… Continue reading I hate team buildings and after hours parties. I do. They suck.
Stage One: Drive What most people lack, and the reason we’re divided as a society between go getters and settlers, is drive. When you are driven, you suddenly have time. Why? Because you somehow make that time. When you are driven, you suddenly can . Why? Because you jump in. When you are driven, you suddenly find… Continue reading The 5 stages of entrepreneurship
As any of the above you have a direct vested interest in people quitting their jobs, following their dreams, starting up companies, as many as possible, loosing sight of the immediate to focus on some hazy future success, feel under appreciated, feel like they’re lost, feel like a failure, feel bad in general, or mediocre.… Continue reading It is Not OK to be a content consultant, an online content marketer, a personal development…
In product development, the minimum viable product (MVP) is a product with just enough features to gather validated learning about the product and its continued development. (the wiki) This is what happens when efficiency concepts permeate culture. The MVP, a good idea gone bad: Tinder the MVP of dating Online dating as the MVP of courtship… Continue reading I hate the MVP culture
“If Your Boss Could Do Your Job, You’re More Likely to Be Happy at Work”, said Harvard Business Review. That means, employees are far happier when they are led by people with deep expertise in the core activity of the business. Indeed an old assumption, one going back to days of middle age guilds, that true… Continue reading Hands On Management Is Great Unless The Hands Are Always On
Why is that mr. Dumbledore? Is it because we need to go to work everyday? Is it because I must burn calories intensively for some moral reason? I mean dwelling on dreams is just as much living as any other part of living because if I am dead I will not dream anymore. At least… Continue reading Why Do We Diss Day Dreaming?
metamorphosis, M. C. Escher There is a simple process of becoming that is common to all people. This process is a spiral that gravitates around a central point, that thing we call transcendence. Transcendence is the end goal of our wondering. It is so no matter what we do, and it is not a spiritual thing,… Continue reading Why there is no overnight success
Here is a very popular article: I read it. It hurts. The author is great, don’t get me wrong, Romain Serman is doing a great job with the article. The article is good as a story. The content is the problem, the fact it describes a desirable behavior and a present reality, in a place… Continue reading Silicon Valley Etiquette made me sick
find out why this is important We like trinkets, since forever. We love shiny new toys and sparks and glitter and just about anything bright that beautifully distorts the light it reflects. So do crows. Because we’re all crows who hoard crap, because its shiny and pretty, we inadvertently have expanded this behavior on how we… Continue reading Smart people shine in the light, wise people glow in the dark
We live as if we’ve made it. We act as if we’ve evolved the problems, and now we’re thriving in the midst of the soft comfy solutions we’ve found. But the fact of the matter is we didn’t. The fact is we’re expendable. Just like our forefathers were, so are we, and probably many a… Continue reading The hubris of living in the present
The return of the prodigal son What are we all striving for? Isn’t it for a better future and if so, isn’t this “better” quite practical, if you come to think of it. I mean, sure, there are so many things which mean “a better future” conceptually, but they’re dwarfed by the incisive sharpness of immediate… Continue reading What is commonly accepted utility?
It’s so funny: a navigation bar! Links to stories! Use stories as static pages, wow! Writer profiles 🙂 And wow, check this out: Starting today, you’ll be able to customize the URL slug of your publication’s stories on Medium. Slugs serve as a strong signal in SEO, so you’ll be able to control what you optimize… Continue reading Medium updated publications with common sense features, touts them as powerful upgrades
© 2011 Martin Eriksson. Re-use with appropriate attribution. In a previous article I have talked about management in general. I was explaining my opinion on how management is any activity that creates empowerment. By effect, management as an activity should result in ability, motivation, drive and action. But it is only management if the four… Continue reading What is product management?
I don’t understand thid whole Slack glorification. I mean, really, everyone is behaving liks it’s a damn second coming of productivity! What has productivity got to do with it anyway? It’s a messaging app. Don’t get me wrong, I championed the adoption of slack at the company I work with. I like it. But the… Continue reading Slack is boring, barebones, hype, lazy and rude
There has been a great deal of discussion about artificial intelligence and the potential dangers it poses to humans. Then there have been countless iterations of interpreting via stories moral lock downs such as robot rights, slave robots, artificial will and so on. But the main question regarding A.I. is when exactly does A.I. become… Continue reading What does being “alive” mean?
Just look at this “exciting” slide (if there can be such a thing) i found in my LinkedIn feed: We are so thrilled this is happening but: do we have the economic theory to explain what is going on? is capitalism in good shape as a theory and economic formula to sustain this future where… Continue reading People! Growth is not disruption!
If you want to stop clicking listicles, this is it! Stare at lists of lists: 3 Ways Family Businesses Give Female Millennial Entrepreneurs an Advantage 5 Female Millennial Entrepreneur Fears and How to Manage Them 453 Ways the Youth Are Shaping the World 3 Step-Guide to Stop Undermining Yourself as a Female Millennial Entrepreneur 10 Steps to… Continue reading Twenty three lists in one medium search
Dream shattering. Probably not visible for us mere mortals as it is for Ev Williams, the end of start ups is probably coming on the next five to seven years. The biggest blocking factor will not be lawyers and lobbyists though. They are the perks you get with high caliber business, but the key differentiator is… Continue reading The end of El Dorado
First management is not a “business term”. Management is just a generic human activity, mainly: Management is any activity that creates empowerment But what is empowerment? Empowerment is the complex result of of ability, motivation, drive and action. Only when all four components are active, does empowerment start. There are four basic tenants of empowerment:… Continue reading What Is Management?
I’ve seen the future and it works! I am working as a product manager for the biggest CEE flash sales retailer (Vivre) for a bit over one year. My experience so far has been a blast. But not as in “pampering my HR review”, we have none. I say that as in observing the future… Continue reading A diversion on e-commerce
Reinventing the wheel is bad for society, but awesome for you. 3, 2, 1 GO! 20 websites that will make you smarter14 articles that will raise your self esteem91 podcasts about success4 billionaires sharing their success stories1 story on how I did it45 places to see and 45 ways to be Read more books. Read more… Continue reading Reinventing the wheel might be the best thing you can do
Lately i keep seeing articles like the one linked here. This idea that we developers like to promote, that its all havoc and mess (like this article itself is) does two things, perfectly well: keeps people off this industry as a career option makes everyone else think we’re simply lucky that the first ones want… Continue reading I hate bacon, kill me.
How do you win when your chances are one in a million? Here are the best approaches to follow and hope for the best: Strategy 1: play the same numbers over and over again This is the all time favorite. Of course, it’s a golden shiny example of gambler’s fallacy: it seems to them that each… Continue reading How to win the lottery or have an IPO-ing startup
Dear creative human, You are always busy. New ideas, new work, new output every hour after hour. At the end of the day it’s all meant to push you, bit by bit, closer to the place you want to be in. May the place be called “The top of the (collective) mind”. When you do get… Continue reading Letter to the struggling creator of anything
With a no star team you get micromanagement hell, the one star in a team will become a nanny with a bell, but make an all star team and the project will look like an Escher dream. In a respectable michelin starred Japanese restaurant serving sushi you need about eight years before you are allowed to… Continue reading The art of balanced teams
Iced budgets are better than ice cream Walking on water and working by specification are possible if both are frozen. Edward V. Berard True but add frozen budgeting to the mix. In spending money, like in all the other areas of a project, you will find unexpected situations, situations that don’t conform to the original plan. When you… Continue reading Don’t run out of money
33 Zen Wallpapers | Zen Backgrounds Most business advice is crap and i bet you must of thought that at some point too. If you are like me and you follow with pursuit almost any new information coming from sources such as TechCrunch, 37Signals and the likes, then you must have read already a dozen articles… Continue reading The four words advice
So, here is the point You can be a tribal citizen of the planet, one who has just been on the Internet for a couple of hours and I bet you’ll have learned this: success is not a straight line, mediocrity is. There are countless stories from ancient leaders, to modern self made industrialists, which you… Continue reading You better workbench!