Here are some of the articles we’ve been reading around this office this week.

The Transformative Power of Cloud Computing – “As digital technologies increasingly penetrate every nook and cranny of the economy and society in general, we’re seeing an explosion in the volume and variety of cloud-based services flowing through the internet. Consequently, the cloud computing model requires a highly disciplined approach to the management, delivery and consumption of services for both individuals and institutions. Cloud computing is driving a much needed industrialization of IT data centers and IT infrastructures in general.”

[Insert Clickbait Headline About Progressive Enhancement Here] (Thanks to Jarrod Wubbels for recommending this article) – “Progressive enhancement recognizes that experience is a continuum and we all have different needs when accessing the Web.”

Inside Peter Thiel’s Genius Factory (Thanks to Cassey Lottman for recommending this article) – “Thiel set out to disrupt the existing educational institutions. He suggested he could do a better job at training a small cohort of gifted individuals, and that once free of the shackles of a conformist degree-making institution, these fellows would be capable of jumpstarting human progress. Fellows have not yet spurred the type of innovation that has led to flying cars. Or even, yet, 140 characters. Instead, Thiel has manufactured a pedigree that is starting to look, in many ways, as elite as the one he endeavored to replace.”

A Wall-Crawling Roomba That Teaches Kids to Code – “A small hexagonal disc with magnetic wheels, Root can climb over whiteboards and draw shapes as it goes, much like the turtle. But it’s also armed with sensors for light, color, and textures, allowing it to navigate a race track or maze that’s drawn on the board, or play music when it zooms over different shapes, or chase the trail left by another Root.”

What design sprints are good for (Thanks to Jarrod Wubbels for recommending this article) – “But I’ve done enough sprints to know the real value isn’t always as advertised. Clients naturally want to twist them for their own needs, to wring even more juice out of the process, despite the rigid structure. And that’s fine, because sprints are good at some unexpected things, and bad at some unexpected things too.”

How My 10-Year-Old Learned Javascript – “Parents like teaching their kids — it’s instinctual. We teach them language, values, skills, how to throw and kick a ball and many important life lessons as they grow up. What about computer programming? It’s not as glamorous as building a house. It’s not as instantly fun as assembling a LEGO car, opening a fresh pack of Play-Doh, or experimenting with a classic Erector set. However, it is a form of creativity and expression — I can use computer programming to make something that wasn’t there before, using a set of tools.”

Your State of Mind is One of Your Most Priceless Assets – “While many of the things that high performing, successful and wealthy people do appear to be luxuries, at their core they are designed to maintain an optimal state of mind. If you’re a billionaire whose hourly income is worth tens of thousands of dollars, it’s quite clear why you would go out of your to design environments for optimal performance, creativity, and state of mind.”

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