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Book Review: When Coffee & Kale Compete

When Coffee & Kale Compete: Become Great at Making Products People Will BuyWhen Coffee & Kale Compete: Become Great at Making Products People Will Buy by Alan Klement

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I finished this book a month ago. That I keep going back to the book as a reference, and that I have started to use the language of the book is a testament to value and lessons in the book. On that basis alone it is worth a read.

However, I can’t give the book five starts. At times it was difficult to read. The writing is clear, but there are sections where his desire to have a dig at someone and push a parallel agenda gets the better of him. Getting personal detracts from the text, and does not add any value to me as the reader.

In those moments I felt like I was reading a blog, and not a book. If I had paid for this book (I downloaded the free ebook) I would have stopped reading.

When he stayed on topic, and served me the reader wanting to learn about JTBD, the book was easy to read and has a lot to give. (There is some irony in the fact that those sections where he diverts his focus to push his own agenda, did not help me get the Job-Done. And that in that way he did not follow his own advice.)

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What Can You Learn From Watching a Five Year Old Play Soccer?

My son started school this year. As he turned five our weeks started to fill with sporting commitments. In particular for us hockey (the field/grass/artificial turf kind) and soccer.

Every time I watch one of his games of either hockey or soccer I am reminded of this post Business Strategy and Kindergarten Soccer by Nick Malik

On the Inside Architecture blog for Microsoft, Nick writes the following back in July 2011:

It is interesting to watch very young kids play soccer, because the instructions are so simple: kick the ball into the goal.  With instructions like that, what do you get?  Bumblebees, of course.

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Show Early, Show Often

I once worked on a team supporting an internally developed and maintained application.

This application was the beating heart of the organisation. Every organisation has one of these.

You know the application at your company, the one that can’t be bought off the shelf? The one that reflects your company’s business model?

That one.

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Why do buses come in threes?

Last year I came across two interactive models that struck a chord with me. They asked and answered, and allowed me to interact with two questions I have spent way too much time thinking about.

Although to be fair that time has a direct correlation with how these two scenarios have impacted me personally.

I spent way too much time in London waiting for buses. You wait and wait, and then they all come at once. And while you wait, you think.black-and-white-person-woman-night Continue reading Why do buses come in threes?

Do you Assume?

Have you been somewhere with no internet access and tried listening to music?

Chances are you encountered the same frustrating problem I did last week.

I was holidaying with my family near Coffs Harbour in New South Wales, Australia. There was a 3G signal, but it was weak and intermittent in our accommodation. The resort had WiFi in communal areas, but that does not help when you want to listen to music in your villa.

On opening Spotify I would have to wait what felt like a minute or more while it tried to connect to the internet. Often failing. Then it would present me with my downloaded playlists.

The ability to download music is the main reason I subscribe to Spotify. For precisely these moments. When network connectivity is an issue, for example when on a train or in a car, and to limit data usage.

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