This Week's Reading List 📚
How Note Taking Can Help You Become an Expert by Cedric Chin (22min)
In ill-structured (messy) domains, concept instantiation is highly variable. Thus, having a system to collect and connect (backlink) fragments of cases helps to accelerate expertise and build an adaptive worldview. Pick a note-taking app with backlinking capabilities. Start copying cases into your note-taking app, perhaps from articles, PDFs, books, or blog posts.
Dancing With Systems by Donella Meadows (14min)
We can never fully understand our world, not in the way our reductionistic science has led us to expect. Our science itself, from quantum theory to the mathematics of chaos, leads us into irreducible uncertainty. The future can’t be predicted, but it can be envisioned and brought lovingly into being. Systems can’t be controlled, but they can be designed and redesigned. We can’t control systems or figure them out. But we can dance with them!
How to Eat an Elephant, One Atomic Concept at a Time by Kevin Kwok (19min)
The best products map to how customers think about their workflow. They match the abstraction level of their customers: not too high that it’s unusable, but not too low that it’s hard to use easily or extend in more complex ways. They choose the right atomic concepts. The best companies introduce better atomic concepts and help push their customers forward. Strong enough products will have ecosystems around them whether or not the companies actively manage it.
See you next week ;)
Kei and Kazuki
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