Links We Love Friday (W38 Y16)

The no hands on the wheel edition

23. september 2016

Department of Transportation
Federal Automated Vehicles Policy – September 2016
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal issued an Automated Vehicles Policy, as of September 2016. Don’t read and drive, though!

The New York Times
Self-Driving Cars Gain Powerful Ally: The Government
New federal guidelines make it clear that, while the government will provide oversight, it wants to encourage the development of autonomous vehicles

NewCo Shift
The Third Transportation Revolution
Lyft’s Vision for the Next Ten Years and BeyondIntroduction: A Country Built for Cars
Google Design
Design Reviews: Going beyond the surface
Framing a successful design review that solves problems.

the Guardian
How Kickstarter became one of the biggest powers in publishing
The crowdfunding site is now launching more books than all but the very largest publishers. Richard Lea finds out how a resource for small enterprises is making some big changes

Online DesignTalk: Preparing for your first design sprint
Learn how to do a 5-day design sprint

InVision Blog
Facebook’s Product Design Director on maintaining a productive work environment – InVision Blog
We spoke to Geoff Teehan about his current role at Facebook, what he’s learned in the year since shutting down his agency, and more.

Stratechery by Ben Thompson
Beyond the iPhone
Apple’s event may have been lacking on the surface, but it laid the groundwork for innovations that will be revealed in time. And yes, it was courageous.
SoundCloud a16z
a16z Podcast: Apple and the Case of Invisible But Audible Innovation by a16z
“Apple isn’t just a tech company; it’s a tastemaker.” Remember the iconic ads of dancing silhouettes in black, with only the headphone wires visible in white? They were a critical part of the larger buy-Apple innovation narrative. So what happens now when those wires — an emblematic and enduring image — are no longer visible, as is the case with the removal of the traditional headphone jack in iPhone 7?
Product Coalition
The Three Jobs of Product Management
If you are a product manager, you always have more work than you can do. This is your natural state. The only question is which work will you spend your precious hours on.
Product managers have three key jobs.

RIP PRDs. Long live “Agile Conversations”
We spent so much time producing, coordinating, verifying, validating, and CYA-ing the documentation that we didn’t do the thing that was most important: Delivering value to customers as quickly as possible.
This Is The Smartest Thing Facebook Ever Did
As Facebook announces it has nearly tripled profits, we look back at its prescient move to decouple Messenger from the core app.

Chat Bots Aren’t a Fad. They’re a Revolution.
Get used to talking to businesses like you talk to your friends.

Signal v. Noise
Don’t be too inspired
If you want to contribute something original, it may be best to stay away from those who might inspire you too much.

Inside Intercom
The killer feature of messaging no one’s talking about – Inside Intercom
Messaging looks set to disrupt the computing landscape but not for any of the reasons you might expect.

The Future (Probably) Isn’t as Scary as You Think – Freakonomics
Internet pioneer Kevin Kelly tries to predict the future by identifying what’s truly inevitable. How worried should we be? Yes, robots will probably take your job — but the future will still be pretty great.

Harvard Business Review
Thinking Clearly About Your Company’s Purpose
Don’t create a false dichotomy. Much has been written about organizational purpose. Judging by the number of books on the subject, there’s a whole “purpose industry” out there. However, for many managers and employees there’s something about what these books are saying that doesn’t ring true.

The 2016 State Of Digital Transformation (PDF)
Brian Solis with Jaimy Szymanski Includes survey data from 528 digital transformation leaders and strategists

Quartz Oliver Staley
Warby Parker is getting better results by reducing managers’ control over workers
The problem Warby Parker faced was not unusual nor particularly complicated: How could the trendy eyewear company make better use of its computer programmers time? To solve that mundane quandary, the company could have hired an outside consultant, or reorganized its engineering department. Instead, Warby Parker did something radical: It let its employees decide. The company invented a process that invites all of its 800 workers to help manage the business.

Singularity HUB
New Smart Tattoos Let You Control Your Phone Using Your Skin
In a recent post about biohacking, I wrote about people who have implanted chips into their bodies to benefit their health, simplify their lives, or connect themselves to an external network

The Economist
The collaboration curse
The fashion for making employees collaborate has gone too far



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