- Adapting to Web Standards: CSS and Ajax for Big Sites
- Art of Non-Conformity
- Art of Readable Code
- Back to the User: Creating User-Focused Web Sites
- Beginning PHP6, Apache, MySQL Web Development
- Books to Read
- Bored and Brilliant
- Born For This
- Complete E-Commerce Book
- Content Inc
- Core PHP Programming
- CSS3: Pushing the Limits
- Dealing with Difficult People
- Defensive Design for the Web
- Deliver First Class Web sites
- Design for Hackers: Reverse-Engineering Beauty
- Designing Web Interfaces
- Designing Web sites that Work: Usability for the Web
- Designing with Progressive Enhancement
- Developing Large Web Applications
- Economics of Software Quality
- Epic Content Marketing
- Extending Bootstrap
- Flexible Web Layouts
- Happiness At Work
- Inmates Are Running the Asylum
- jQuery Pocket Reference
- Letting Go of the Words
- Making Every Meeting Matter
- Manage Your Day to Day
- Marketing to Millenials
- Monster Loyalty
- More Eric Meye on CSS
- Official Ubuntu Book
- Organized Home
- Perennial Seller
- PHP In a NutShell
- PHP Refactoring
- PHP5 CMS Framework Development
- PHP6 and MySQL Bible
- Responsive Web Design with HTML and CSS3
- Rules of Thumb
- Saleable Software
- Securing PHP Web Applications
- Simple and Usable Web, Mobile and Interaction Design
- Smart Organizing
- The Life-changing Magic of Tidying up
- This Is Marketing
- Web site Usability
- Web Site Usability: A Designer's Guide
- Web Word Wizardy
- Whats Stopping Me
- Work for Money, Design for Love
- Checklists I Have Collected or Created
- Crafts To Do
- Database and Data Relations Checklist
- Ecommerce Website Checklist
- My Front End UI Checklist
- New Client Needs Analysis
- Newsletters I Read
- Style Guides
- User Review Questions
- Web Designer's SEO Checklist
- Web site Review
- Website Code Checklist
- Website Final Approval Form
- Writing Content For Your Website
- Writing Styleguide
- Writing Tips
- Complete Book of Potatoes
- Creating Custom Soil Mixes for Healthy, Happy Plants
- Edible Forest Garden
- Garden Design
- Gardening Tips and Tricks
- Gardens and History
- Light Candle Levels
- My Garden
- My Garden To Plant
- Organic Fertilizers
- Organic Gardening in Alberta
- Plant Nurseries
- Plant Suggestions
- Planting Tips and Ideas
- Root Cellaring
- Things I Planted in My Yard
- Way We Garden Now
- 101 Organic Gardening Hacks
- Beautiful No-Mow Lawns
- Beginner's Guide to Heirloom Vegetables
- Best of Lois Hole
- Eradicate Invasive Plants
- Gardening Books to Read
- Gardens West
- Grow Organic
- Grow Your own Herbs
- Guerilla Gardening
- Heirloom Life Gardener
- Indoor Gardening: The Organic Way
- Real Gardens Grow Natives
- Seed Underground
- Small plot, high yield gardening
- Thrifty Gardening from the Ground Up
- Veggie Garden Remix
- What Grows Here
- Activities for Kids
- Baking & Cooking Tips
- Bertrand Russell
- Can I Get that on Sale?
- Cleaning Tips and Tricks
- Colour Palettes I Like
- Compound Time
- Cooking Tips
- Crafts for Kids
- Household Tips
- Interior Design
- Keywording & Tags
- Latin Phrases
- Laundry Tips
- Learn Something New
- Links, Information, and Cool Videos - Stuff for My Kids
- My Miscellany
- Reading List
- Silly Sites
- Things that Make Me Laugh
- Videos to Watch
- YouTube Hacks
- Business Tips
- Content Management systems
- Creating Emails & Email Newsletters
- I Made A Framework
- Patterns, Textures and other media
- PHP Coding Standards
- Project Verbs for to do lists
- Qualities of Creative Leaders
- Scalable Vector Graphics
- Software Design
- The Shell, Scripts and Such
- Writing Instructions
- CSS Frameworks
- CSS Reading List
- CSS Sticky Footer
- Design of Sites
- htaccess files
- HTML Tips and Tricks
- Landing Page Tips
- Making Better Websites
- More Information on CSS
- MySQL and Databases
- Responsive Design
- Robots.txt File
- Security and Secure Websites
- SVG Images
- UI and UX and Design
- Web Design and Development
- Web Design Tools
- Web Error Codes
- Website Testing Checklist
- Writing for the Web
- Writing Ideas for your website
- Animations and Interactions
- Being a Better Designer
- Bootstrap Resources
- Color in Web Design
- CSS Preprocessors: Sass and Less
- CSS Tips Tricks
- Design Systems
- Designing User Interfaces
- Font & Typographical Inspiration
- Fonts, Typography, Letters & Symbols
- Logo Designs
- Photoshop Tips and Tricks
- UX and UI and Design Reading List
- Web Forms
- Well Designed
Here are a few of the rules from the book that I thought were important enough to remember.
1. Don't let feat undermine your chance to do that one thing you've wanted to do. Relax.
2. Ask the last question first. What is the point of the exercise?
3. Don't implement solutions. Prevent problems.
4. Change is a math formula. Change happens when the cost of the status quo is greater than the risk of change.
c(sq) > r(c)
Are you in the game for the long haul? Learn the other side's language and know their arguments better.
Be something that is better not against something that is bad. Look for allies and woo them to your cause.
6. If you want to see with fresh eyes, reframe the picture. Customers like to do business with smart people.
7. The system si the solution, Look at your system (The sum of all parts) Learn to draw it to explain the real cause of the problem.
8. Nothing happens until money changes hands.
9. A good question beats a good answer. Questions are how we learn.
10. Learn about the crisis before it arises. Stay on top of news and make it an opportunity.
11. Learn to take No as a question. The correct response to no is thank you. Ask questions, take notes, do not take it personally.
12. You don't know if you do not go.
13. Change, connections, conversation and community.
14. Facts are facts. Stories are how we learn. Stories are about people doing things. Stories have verbs. They have lessons, a real message to convey.
15. Entrepreneurs choose serendipity over efficiency. Efficiency resists change.
16. Knowing it is not the same as doing it.
17. Speed = strategy. Use this four-step process. Observation, Orientation, Decision, Action. How we make decisions that govern all winning and losing (ware, business, life) Failure is an option but not trying in unimaginable. (a quote from Apollo 13, look it up and add to quotes in snippets)
18. Learn to see the world through the eyes of your customer. Talk less, listen more. Ask questions. Focus on feedback (not output). Buy fewer ads and collect more data.
19. What gets you up in the morning? What keeps you up at night?
20. If you want to change the game change the economics of how the game is played.
21. If you want to change the game, change customer expectations. Welcome feedback, provide good customer service. Respond quickly, genuinely and effectively. How does the customer feel after service recovery.
22. The soft stuff is the hard stuff. People are key.
23. Megan Smith (from Google) 3 rules:
1. The customer participates
2. The customer drives
3. Open systems beat closed systems
24. Great design is key. Read about it, go shopping and study it, view it by looking at art.
25. Words matter. Find the right word.
26. Look for great ideas in unlikely places.
27. Everything communicates. The Brand Called You
28. Content is not king. Context is king.
29. Simplicity is the new currency. Simple is hard. One too many are still too many. Always remember the do-nothing alternative. Complexity is an opportunity.
30. All money is not created equal.
31. If you want to think big, start small. Start with whatever is right in front of you.
32. Serious Fun is not an oxymoron, it is how you win.
33. Technology is about changing how we work. It is not about the technology but what the technology makes possible.
34. Don't confuse credentials with talent.
35. Failure is not failing. Failure is failing to try.
36. On your way up, pay attention to your strengths they will be your weaknesses on the way down.
37. Take your work seriously. Yourself, not so much.
38. There are teachers everywhere.
By Alan Webber
Harper Collins, NY, 2009
These are notes I made after reading this book. See more book notes
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