How to Make Sense of Any Mess

How to Make Sense of Any Mess by Abby Covert is a straightforward book on Information Architecture. If you have no idea of what Information Architecture is, but you feel you have to make sense of some sort of mess around you, this is the perfect book for you.

It’s a concise, direct, and non-academic book on a fascinating topic, Information Architecture, that most of the times is just too articulated to be easy to read.

Kudos to Scott Berkun for mentioning it in a recent presentation.

Impossible now possible

A few days ago I tried the new Impossible Whopper at Burger King in Orlando.

The difference from a regular whopper is in the patty not being made of beef, but of the Impossible Burger.

It’s fully derived from plant, and it tastes exactly like a traditional beef patty.

Starting tomorrow, the Impossible Burger will be available at supermarkets too.

I hope it will make its way to global distribution because I would be happy to eat it more often in substitution to traditional meat.

Five tips for a smoother plane hopping experience

I hop on and off planes on a regular basis and I refined quite a few strategies to make it faster, easier, and more comfortable.

Here five of them:

Consistent carry on packing

My carry on is always packed in the same way. Same bag, same stuff, same position.
As a result, my carry on always weights the same and feels the same.
I can tell just picking it up if I forgot any of the largest elements like my camera or my laptop.
Packing and retrieving thing requires the minimal cognitive effort.
Every now and then I tweak the setup to make it better, but not too often.

Status is key

It might seems pretentious, but airport life is dramatically different if you reach status on your airline. As soon as you can access fast lanes, priority boarding, lounges, and priority handling for your luggage, things get really smooth.

Noise canceling headphones

They are large, bulky, and not particularly stylish. It doesn’t matter, they are your best friend on short and long flights.

Minimal carry on, and checked luggage

I can’t travel carry on only. I tried, I felt miserable, I don’t do it anymore.
I check in a luggage, and I carry a minimal carry on.
A lighter carry on, a backpack in my case, allows me to move faster across connections.

Positive attitude

But the most important tip is to constantly have a positive attitude when traveling for leisure or business.
Flights can be delayed and canceled. Airports can be busy. People can be rude. Connections can be late, and eventually missed. You can get an annoying person next to you on the flight. It happens, get over it.
Complaining, being rude, yelling, screaming, won’t get your flight to be on time, or the staff to find you a better connection to make up for a canceled segment.
On the contrary, being extremely collaborative will grease some of the gears for sure. I have been rebooked on expensive flights for free, I got access to off-brand lounges, I got multiple free business upgrades, just asking politely, smiling, and being nice.

Just sayin’…

Falla esplodere

Dei tanti libri di cultura aziendale che ho letto, “Falla Esplodere” di Luca Carbonelli è forse il più sorprendente.

Luca Carbonelli, abile narratore di formazione giornalistica, racconta la storia recente della propria impresa familiare, in modo chiaro, diretto, concreto.

Allo stesso tempo, affronta i temi più ostici dell’ammodernamento strutturale, economico, e di processo, di una piccola azienda italiana, in un mercato contorto come quello del caffè.

Un mercato in cui i grandi brand distorcono la percezione del prodotto, incoraggiando la filiera distributiva verso abitudini che impediscono l’innovazione.

Luca Carbonelli, non nascondendo alcuni errori commessi durante la sua attività di imprenditore, li eleva a punti cardine per la propria crescita, sia personale che professionale.

Questo libro è un distillato pragmatico di strategia aziendale, cambiamento generazionale, evoluzione imprenditoriale, narrato in tono naturale e mai noioso.

In questo libro l’imprenditore non è mai vittima del mercato, della modernità, o delle tasse. Il protagonista ha un ruolo attivo nella definizione di se stesso, dei propri obiettivi, e del modo per raggiungerli.

Senza dimenticare una visione incredibilmente sobria di come una piccola impresa italiana può sfruttare gli strumenti di Amazon per crescere, vendere, e aprirsi al mercato internazionale. Questa parte da sola vale il prezzo del biglietto.

Questo libro si legge rapidamente e si lascia meditare a lungo.