2023-10-14 Links

A veritable feast today – school term has begun, and along with that music lessons on Saturday mornings which gives me (mostly) unadulterated time to read.

Daily Reads:

Doc Searls – Stories vs Facts He refers to Scott Adams’ X from a while ago: " Facts don’t matter. What matters is how much we hate the person talking".

Kent Beck is the latest addition to my feedreader, after two stunning posts. The first one is about ChatGPT and the recalibration of the way he thinks about his skills. The second one, co-authored with Gergely Orosz, is a superb takedown of the consulting bs from McKinsey on how to measure software developer productivity.

Matt Webb’s Interconnected had this new website he’s put together that is a watering hole in Namibia, where antelopes come and go. It’s… beautiful!

OMG! The Whole Earth Catalog is available online. The backstory is here

I diss on McKinsey’s solutions, and yet appreciate their research pieces, like this one on telco talent in transition

Another HR related issue, on org design from Joshua Burgin

Erik Larson on "Five Things You Should Know about ChatGPT"

Sara Campbell: "The Fire Inside"

Seth Godin: "It could have easily gone the other way"

Ben Horowitz: The Story is the Strategy

Ness Labs: Nothing Soft About Soft Skills


“The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”
– Laura Ingels Wilder


Vladimir Horowitz – Traumerei