Disrupt – the book

The word disrupt has lost its meaning in the recent years as thousands of tech startups are using it to look cool and hip, as if it would help them to succeed. If you look at new companies pitching their ideas at the TC Disrupt conference, only a minority of them are disruptive.

However, finding industry-transforming ideas isn’t all that hard. In his book Disrupt: Think the unthinkable to spark transformation in your business Luke Williams introduces a solid and easy to understand framework how to come up with disruptive ideas. It is applicable to any industry or product. If you follow the steps outlined in this book, you will learn how to formulate a set of disruptive ideas, improve upon them, pick the best and most meaningful ones and test them in the real world.

The book is suitable for entrepreneurs thinking about a new product as well as establishes companies looking for reinventing themselves. It’s a book I highly recommend.

Boyscouting

Boy scouts have one rule: “Leave the camping place in a better condition than you found it.”

At Wildfuse, we apply this rule to programming all the time. It’s quite straightforward. Any flaw in the code is fixed, usually immidiately by the developer who encountered it, regardless if it is he who introduced the error. It doesn’t matter if it’s just a typo fix or something more substantial like creating a new abstraction. You leave the code in a better condition.

It’s obvious this approach has multiple advantages. First, our code is really clean, efficient and highly maintainable. As wine, it get’s better with age. Because we often have to touch code written by a fellow programmer to boyscout, all developers have good orientation in the whole codebase of the project they are participating on. Also, I personaly get a pleasant self-satisfaction feeling doing this.

What about you, do you boyscout?

The global power shift

This is the best TED talk I’ve seen in a long time. At TEDxBrusseles, Paddy Ashdown talks about the ongoing change of power not only between nations and states (from the Atlantic circle to the Pacific circle), but also to and between international and global corporations and institutions.

He also makes a point that because of this global shift, we’re interconnected and interdependent and praises cooperation: “In the modern age where everything is connected to everything the most important thing about what you can do, is what you can do with others.” Well worth watching.