Peter Sims





Peter Sims



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Lately, I’ve felt increasingly conflicted. I’ve spent the past ten-plus years in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley as an author, entrepreneur, and angel investor. The optimism here is endless, and fear does not exist. Yet, I grew up in Colfax, California, a small rural town three hours away where the biggest story in the local paper has been a heroin epidemic. The stagnation at home...

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“The key is to take a larger project or goal and break it down into smaller problems to be solved, constraining the scope of work to solving a key problem, and then another key problem.
This strategy, of breaking a project down into discrete, relatively small problems to be resolved, is what Bing Gordon, a cofounder and the former chief creative officer of the video game company Electronic Arts, calls smallifying. Now a partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, Gordon has deep experience leading and working with software development teams. He’s also currently on the board of directors of Amazon and Zynga. At Electronic Arts, Gordon found that when software teams worked on longer-term projects, they were inefficient and took unnecessary paths. However, when job tasks were broken down into particular problems to be solved, which were manageable and could be tackled within one or two weeks, developers were more creative and effective.”
Peter Sims, Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries

“At the beginning of any new idea, the possibilities can seem infinite, and that wide-open landscape of opportunity can become a prison of anxiety and self-doubt. This is a key reason why failing fast with low-risk prototypes the way Chris Rock does is so helpful: If we haven’t invested much in developing an idea, emotionally or in terms of time or resources, then we are more likely to be able to focus on what we can learn from that effort than on what we’ve lost in making it. Prototyping is one of the most effective ways to both jump-start our thinking and to guide, inspire, and discipline an experimental approach.”
Peter Sims, Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries

“Thoen beautifully describes the value of prototyping: Potential users of ideas are more comfortable sharing their honest reactions when it’s rough, just as people at P&G are less emotionally invested in their ideas. “The barrier of getting feedback from the consumer side is lower,” Thoen says, “and the barrier for accepting feedback from the company’s point of view is lower as well.”
Peter Sims, Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries



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