Episode 02 - Picture of a Boat
Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin formulate a five-minute warning tactic before discussing the reality of bringing change to your company, some patterns that work for startups, solving the right problem at the right level, why you can't find the innovation button, and using PathFinder as a Finder replacement.
Initially Released January 25, 2011
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So you wanna change everything at work; you're like Leave-a-Sign-by-the-Coffee-Maker-Guy. Well, are you really going to change everybody? Because I think that's out of scope.
If you don't have the scope and the interest and the buy-in, if you like, to change a giant thing, you're an idiot for trying to change it.
A phenomenon that I am really aware of is that whenever you talk in the abstract - in the generic - to a large group of people - it doesn't matter how big the group of people is - every single person thinks you're talking to them. When you talk on the Internet, when you put up a sign, every single person thinks you're talking to them.
You didn't go in and talk to the one guy who burns popcorn. You put up some sign just because that made you feel better from an emotional standpoint. You didn't think about the problem and the level and the reason. And that happens so often that I think it's an anti-pattern.
- Book: The Pragmatic Programmer by Andy Hunt and David Thomas
- Book: Dynamics of Software Development by Jim McCarthy, Denis Gilbert
- Book: Pragmatic Thinking and Learning by Andy Hunt
- Workshop: "Sinking your Sailboats: Managing Innovation by Saying True Things" by Merlin @ Webstock 11
- App Pick: Path Finder 5 by Cocoatech (OS X File Browser/Finder Replacement)
- Video: Path Finder video demo on MacBreak - 43 Folders
- Video: Interview: Chris Wetherell - The Merlin Show
- Video: Interview: Chris Wetherell, Part 2 - The Merlin Show
- Skunkworks project - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Image: One of Pavlov's dogs.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- MacGuffin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Evan Williams - evhead: Ten Rules for Web Startups 2005
- Cognitive bias - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Quote: "The awful thing about life is this: Everybody has their reasons" (La règle du jeu, 1939)
- Image: "Leave-A-Sign-About-Dog-Poop Guy"