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calculus not statistics

calculus or statistics?

June 2019

In any sort of large team or organisation there's a tendency to string together small actions over a period of time, disperse the responsibility for those actions and then hope that all the statistical likelihoods of the going right add up to a good result. This doesn't get cultures far.

The following wisdom from Ben Horowitz is something I come back to a lot, especially when anything related to a deadline comes up.

A good way to invoke would also be the great question starting with "what needs to be true to...". At that point your orientation changes immediately and you're much more likely to get to "get lucky".

The following 3min video from Ben Horowitz and Lars Dalgaard sums it up nicely.

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