While the iron is hot

Of course it’s a good idea to strike while the iron is hot. If striking iron is what you do and you find some hot iron you should strike before it gets cold. It’s far better to strike than to…

The innovation in your head…

… isn’t an innovation yet. Our definition of innovation refers to something rather specific: A change in the processes by which an organization transforms labor, capital, materials and information into products and services of greater value. Clayton Christensen, Efosa Ojomo…

Choices: how much?

Some questions to help you decide whether to buy something: How many cups of coffee is this worth? (If it’s less than five cups of coffee, it’s not a very big decision – you should probably go ahead. And don’t…

Keepy uppies

Try playing keepy uppies with your projects: Do something every day, however small, to move them on and keep them alive Find friends for the project – people doing similar work, people interested in what you’re working on – and…

Asal dapur ngebul*

Indonesian saying. “As long as the kitchen is smoking.” Um… “As long as there’s smoke from the kitchen (fireplace).” ? “As long as the hearth is burning.” … which is a way of saying, among other things, the important thing…

DCPodcast howto – recording via skype

Happy to report that we’ve just recorded a special-edition first episode of the Driverlesscroc podcast and it went off without a hitch. Recording between Jakarta and Buenos Aires meant that we couldn’t trust the VoIP connection (in fact, Skype held…

Marc Andreesen on ideas vs execution

… there was a great Dilbert strip where the pony-haired boss says, “You know, I have a great idea for a startup. All I need is for, you know, somebody to actually, like, write the code and do all the…

Starting is the hard part

I’ve been making a mini Lego-alike model from Wisehawk: It’s tiny, fiddly fun. The instructions are clear, and it’s not rocket science… apart from at the beginning. At the beginning you’re using the simplest pieces in the simplest patterns –…

Vision. Positioning. Execution. (4)

Execution Being able to execute means being able to get the right things done at the right times. Good execution is a combination of: Knowledge – do you know what to do and how to do it? This is a…