πŸ“» β€” Change by Design, Chapter 3 β€” #yenBOOKCLUB

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Good morning yeniverse!

It’s Week #4 of the #yenBOOKCLUB and here are a few of my personal notes that I’ve captured in last week’s reading (Chapter #3) β€” and, of course, I’d love chat over the book with you during #yenHOURS today!

Feel free to stop by if you have time! And, of course, some good links:

  1. Yeah, no. It’s possible. Quality. MVP. This is my truth. Thank God.
  2. Technical interviews. Happy Bday. NSFW. Reddit CH. SignTime.
  3. Lonely. CCO rising (even if I hate it). Failure is a feature. Really hard.
  4. Webflow subs! Chains. Peloton engineer. Difficult, necessary. Transfer.
  5. Grift. Advantages of the copycat. Brilliant. Namachat. Whatever bed.
  6. Yang? Followers, audience, comm? Reddit products. FB, unoriginal.
  7. Marketing mvp. Interactive content. Sources. Who? Not popular.
  8. Timelapse. Stolen beats. Agora, damn. Punished. Zero. Lawsuits.
  9. Pelonope. Or, not? Nicotine. DA2! Talking. Would you? Venmo!
  10. WordPress > FLoC. Start a newsletter. Paypal. Useful for non-profits.

To infinity & community,

john


Thursdays are fun because not only do I get to share a few thoughts about this incredible book that we’re reading together but I get to share my thoughts during #yenHOURS (with anyone who shows up)!

Design thinking has really transformed the way that I approach software, but not in the ways that you might think. It’s been more about giving myself more flexibility and freedom of expression as I think through what I’m building and how I’m building it.

So much of what I’ve been taught or learned over the years has been (and I’ll put this plainly) outright wrong β€” or, at the very least β€” woefully incomplete. What I’ve done is liberally apply many models without really thinking them through. This is typical for first-time entrepreneurs but experienced builders are just as susceptible.

***raises hand

Giving yourself the space (and grace) to think differently about how you build is an important step in maturing as a creator and business builder. Here are some of the things that stood out to me in this last chapter:

  1. Design thinking is rarely a graceful leap from height to height; it tests our emotional constitution and challenges our collaborative skills, but it can reward perseverance with spectacular results.
  2. Linus Pauling, winner of 2 Nobel Prizes: “To have a good idea, you must first have lots of ideas.”
  3. Divergent thinking is the route, not the obstacle, to innovation.
  4. The seeds of design thinking are a continuous movement between divergent and convergent processes, on the one hand, and between the analytical and synthetic, on the other.
  5. The best ideas emerge when the whole organizational ecosystem β€” not just its designers and engineers and certainly not just management β€” has room to experiment.
  6. Ideas should not be favored based on who creates them.
  7. An overarching purpose should be articulated so that the organization has a sense of direction and innovators don”t feel the need for constant supervision.
  8. Design thinking is neither art nor science nor religion. It is the capacity, ultimately, for integrative thinking.

My success has been predicated on a few, simple things:

  1. Trying a lot of stuff (#2 above)…
  2. Talking about a lot of stuff with a lot of other brilliant people (#1 above)…
  3. Repeating these two steps.

This is what #yenHOURS is all about as well as many of the other experiments that I try. It’s about building stuff, sharing the results and process with others, and then doing it all over again.

What fun.

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