Chain-link logic and the advantage of dependencies

Often the business analogy of chains is associated with limitations, silos and the phrase “you’re only as strong as your weakest link”. However, this isn’t always the case. The following two contrasting excerpts help explain how being part of a chain can be both a bad and a good thing.

Analytical editorial

Having worked as both an analyst, supporting analyst, strategist and just a spare pair of eyes for analytical work, I know the value of a second opinion. What I am surprised at, though, is how often I hear a report described as something to be ‘proofed’ rather than edited.

Design thinking within constraints

I’m currently reading ‘Change by Design‘ by Tim Brown. This particular paragraph on creating environments for “design thinking” and the importance of constraints stood out: The willing and even enthusiastic acceptance of competing constraints is the foundation of design thinking. The first stage of the design process is often about discovering which constraints are important and establishing a framework for …

Pomodoro playlists

I’ve tried many different time management techniques at work to help me concentrate. Perhaps it’s the nature of the internet, digital agency life or my own attention span, but sometimes I really struggle to stick to a task. Recently I seem to be settling on the Pomodoro technique as a comfortable solution to this problem.

Play the ball where the monkey drops it.

I’m currently working my way through Ed Catmull’s Creativity Inc. It’s an incredible read (and I’m only 44% into it). I’ve already absorbed a huge amount of wisdom, but I read the paragraph below and wanted to share it. It’s in relation to change, randomness and the ability to act given new circumstances:

The Dunning-Kruger effect

“The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than average. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their mistakes.”

Terms of Service; Didn’t Read

Terms of Service; Didn’t Read (ToS;DR) is a project designed to “help fix the “biggest lie on the web”” – almost no one really reads the terms of service we agree to all the time.