Truly LOL, Rat-a-tat-tat, Extreme Vinyl Cafe

I truly laughed out loud while reading the story Rat-a-tat-tat in Extreme vinyl Café by Stuart McLean I really like Stuart McLean, but I rarely laugh out loud while reading 🙂

Here are some of my notes ( spoiler alert )

  • Sam goes green — the ninja Turtles blanket
  • The birthday cake – Dave stuck in elevator in Montréal 🙂
  • Dave’s funeral – he puts a casket in the record store
  • Petit lac noir — He and Morley go to the wrong cabin
  • ! Rat-a-tat-tat — way too funny. Dave locks himself in the trunk of his car with a rat 🙂
  • The waterslide – Eugene helps Sam build a Waterslide. Dave see’s it on YouTube 🙂
  • The cruise –bungee jumping 80-year-olds with their walkers 😉

How To Change? — Read Switch

Just get it and read it. This book describes a skill set that is useful in all aspects of our lives — “How To Implement Change With Limited Resources”.

I’m loving the Heath Brothers book Switch. It’s a book about implementing change at work. It’s a story of how small details can result in big changes. The rules are very simple, but I’ve found that I’ve been reading and listening to this book over and over. It makes so much sense.

There are three facets of change. One needs to be convinced logically and emotionally. The third facet is that the path one chooses to implement change has a huge effect. In short one needs to cover all three facets to implement change. For example, a powerpoint presentation isn’t gonna do it. That only addresses the logical mind.

Again read this book. I’ve found bullet list synopses of this book simple to understand. Convincing my logical mind that this is important was easy. But I’ve found that emotionally connecting with these concepts requires reading/listening to the stories in the book many times over. It’s just too simple.

If you read one book in the next year. Read this.

Thoughts on Eric Ries’ Book — The Lean Startup

My first reaction to Eric Ries’ The Lean Startup was “Thank You … this is a very readable book” 🙂 So much more readable than Eric’s recommended must read on Customer Development “The Four Steps to the Epiphany”. ( which I use for my BAEN 502 course at UBC )

Eric’s strength is the addition of rigor to the “creative” process of early stage startups. He takes Steve Blanks concepts and drills down a layer or two. Very practical stuff.

I particularly liked the following

* Definition of a startup (page 27) — A startup is a human institution designed to create a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty.

* Definition of Quality (page 107 ) — If we do not know who the customer is, we do not know what quality is.

* Good descriptions of MVP ( Minimum Viable Product ) in action. A very good discussion of the benefits of small batch size.

* Catalog of Pivots on Page 172. This is a good list to help articulate specifically what one is pivoting on. This concept is often too vague to be practical. ( Zoom in, Zoom out, customer segment, customer need, platform, business architecture, value capture, engine of growth, channel, and technology)

* Engines of Growth metaphor and defines 3 types ( page 209 ). Sticky, Viral, and Paid as the fundamental three that an early venture should focus on. You can only do one at a time.