A surprisingly simple way to make good decisions

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

Things generally suck because of product innovation

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

Actually, the world is eating software

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

4 Steps I Always Take To Fail

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

Opportunity Is What Happens When Luck Meets Preparation

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

Why finding “10x” developers is so hard

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

An offer with an anchor inside is called bait

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

Be Better: Don’t Be Hooked ™

“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 ™

I hate team buildings and after hours parties. I do. They suck.

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.

The 5 stages of entrepreneurship

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

It is Not OK to be a content consultant, an online content marketer, a personal development…

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…

I hate the MVP culture

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

Hands On Management Is Great Unless The Hands Are Always On

“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 there is no overnight success

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

Silicon Valley Etiquette made me sick

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

Smart people shine in the light, wise people glow in the dark

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

What is commonly accepted utility?

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?

Medium updated publications with common sense features, touts them as powerful upgrades

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

What is product management?

© 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?

Slack is boring, barebones, hype, lazy and rude

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

What does being “alive” mean?

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?

Twenty three lists in one medium search

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

The end of El Dorado

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

What Is Management?

​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?

Reinventing the wheel might be the best thing you can do

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

How to win the lottery or have an IPO-ing startup

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

Letter to the struggling creator of anything

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

Don’t run out of money

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