Here are some of the articles we’ve been reading around this office this week.
5 Ways Childlike Curiosity Can (and Should) Inspire the Entrepreneurial Mindset – “Curiosity has been widely recognized and cultivated as being an essential ingredient for good leadership, sound company culture, successful team-building and personal mental health.”
The biggest codebases in history – Not really an article. Just a very interesting infographic.
Interfaces Need To Stop Selling Us Stuff and Start Treating Us Like Human Beings – “Optimization celebrates the rational over the intuitive, the functional over the spiritual, the individual over the shared. It is an important tool. But when we set optimization (or its wingmen simplicity and pragmatism) as our main objective, we’re less likely to do things that make the heart sing. And maybe that’s contributed to the fact that we have too many companies without moral compasses, too many echo chambers accusing other echo chambers of being echo chambers, too many leaders who depend on exclusion and division, instead of inclusion and common good.”
Innovation portfolios, innovation toolboxes – “My point here is that the onus of properly formulating a question is on organizations—and this is something that can be learned—whereas crowds, as they have shown time and again, can come up with an answer to pretty much any question, regardless of its scope and nature.”
Empathy engineering: bridging the gap from code to customer – “The best software isn’t built in a coding factory. It’s built by engineers who are dialed into the needs of their customers. And that requires empathetic engineers ready to listen to what customers are saying.”
Apple’s HomeKit Dilemma: Building A Great Smart-Home Hub Is A Huge Challenge – “A central connection point could make HomeKit more appealing to more people–but not without trade-offs.”
11 things I learned reading the flexbox spec – “I decided it was about time that I behaved like a grown up developer and learned flexbox properly. But rather than read another 10 blog posts, I decided to go straight to the source and read The CSS Flexible Box Layout Module Level 1 Spec. Here’s the good bits.”