Monday, 29 April 2019

Simplicity is the lever that can move the world.

Here is how we do it. Focus and simplicity.

Simplicity is the Genius of Focus on what matters.

Simple is deeper, harder, more profound than complexity.

And when you get there, this is the lever that can move the world.

Friday, 26 April 2019

Understanding everything

There have only been about a half dozen genuinely important events in the four-billion-year saga of life on Earth: single-celled life, multicelled life, differentiation into plants and animals, movement of animals from water to land, and the advent of mammals and consciousness. 

Elon Musk

I would add that our ability to turn that consciousness so that it can understand itself and the universe, that sense in which now the universe is inside the mind as well as the mind being in the universe, is another crucial step.
And of course as we do that we gain the leverage to actually change the universe (or our small part of it), using our own consciousness and that, I think forms a final crucial and significant event. 

Monday, 22 April 2019

Pareto and Kaizen (改善)

Formal methodologies can be process heavy and limiting. While Kaizen (改善) methods aim to implementing continuous improvement in our context they seemed somewhat limiting and add another overhead to a lean, fast, agile operation.

So what I asked was - what happens if we applied the Pareto principle to Kaizen (改善)? And the simplest answers, the 20% of 20% of 20% of input was one that I was told years ago in that world famous explorers club, the Royal Geographical Society in London.

And the simple answer was is that what one needed to do was make sure every person in the organization was constantly thinking about how they could be doing things better, refining processes and questioning themselves.

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Purpose and the addition of quantum mechanical phases.

It is sometimes said that nature has a "purpose", in that it seeks to take the path that produces the minimum action. In fact, nature does exactly the opposite. It takes every path, treating them all on equal footing. We simply end up seeing the path with a stationary action, due to the way the quantum mechanical phases add.

When an archer shoots an arrow through the air, the aim is made possible by all the other arrows taking all the other nearby paths, each with essentially the same action. Likewise, when you walk down the street with a certain destination in mind, you're not alone.

When walking, I know that my aim
Is caused by the ghosts with my name.
And although I don't see
Where they walk next to me,
I know they're all there, just the same.

Monday, 15 April 2019

"Are we nearly there, are we nearly there?"

People also ask, “Are we too early?”, “Are we too late?”, “What do we see for the future?”, “Will we change the world?”.

Well just remember what Bill Gates had to say . . . that “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction."

So will we change the world? Well someone will, and by starting now we shape the future. The start of the journey is hard but you should never try to look grounded and cool cynical by underestimating the change that will occur in the next ten years or throwing up the listing of the tiny fraction of the challenges that lie ahead as though you uniquely recognize them and that if you can't solve them then no-one can.

It might seem like experience and wisdom, but it’s often the root of the problem that has trapped the incumbents. And of course, to many, the challenges of the past always look easier, because someone else overcame them and we underestimate what it took to do that...

Monday, 8 April 2019

Understanding our goals.

People work better when they know what the goal is and why. And they need to share in why this is important. And understand how we do things. It is important that people look forward to coming to work in the morning and enjoy working.

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

How physics helps us help the world.

Like Elon Musk I tend to approach things from a physics framework. And, as Elon says, physics teaches you to reason from first principles rather than by analogy. But, I explain by analogy. It allows people to hang ideas onto pre-existing frameworks that they already understand and even emotionally accept.

But the physics based path allows you to apply tools which greatly exceed the instincts of our “ape-descended” emotions, tools like logic, mathematics and analytical tools.

Add these to modeling (we call it vision - vision without a testable model is just fluff), then rapid, iterative testing and cross domain learning and you start to really have something.