Systems, planning and punches to the face

Tyson: Plans change… TL;DR: “dynamic, self-adjusting system cannot be governed by a static, unbending policy” is academic for “everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face”. Mike Tyson said, “Everybody has plans until they get hit.” In the odd process that popular quotations go through, it is often misquoted as “Everybody has a plan…… Continue reading Systems, planning and punches to the face

Advice for web start-ups

Partly for a project I’m working on and partly to have another try at using the lovely Storify curation platform, I’ve pulled together this collection of my favourite links and resources about web start-ups. Let me know what you think – and if there’s anything that should be added… Image: Facebook’s old office in Palo…… Continue reading Advice for web start-ups

Comrade Excel and the Glorious Five Year Plan

Spreadsheets aren’t strategy, as Umair Haque is fond of saying. Turns out they can actually be quite dangerous, for the temptation they bring to reduce a business (a complex, human enterprise) to a set of numbers on a page. Even more dangerous when they trick us into thinking we can predict the future and call…… Continue reading Comrade Excel and the Glorious Five Year Plan