This is an amazing book on Pixar and its history. This is far different from company books that I have read on Apple or Amazon, which were mostly compilation of what was available on the press, not actual interviews conducted on people who worked there. This book gives good view on how things went at Pixar, so I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested on learning about Pixar.
I wish there would be an abridged version of this book. This was way too long compared to its actual contents. Pages after pages were wasted on describing irrelevant background where the moral of the story would turn out to be marginally significant. Waste of time in my view.
This book shared interesting insider story of how the company turned around from the downturn in the 90s to revival in the 2000s. As the author tried to criss-cross the history in various cuts, the story was repetitive to significant degree, but as a LEGO enthusiast, it was tolerable. I would not recommend this book to people who just wants to understand the cause and effect of how the turnaround occurred, as the author could not crystallize it himself either.
I am genuinely struck by the content of this book, as it tries to codify all the procedures that one needs to take in order to soft land into a new organization.
Let's assume you are a newcomer to a school in a new neighborhood. The book tells you to go make good friends with peers, build relationship with teacher, and if there's someone who tries to bully you, you need to make allies to help you through the hardships.
I bet one can actually make a gigantic flow chart out of this book, as it has endless list of
- if A do X
- if B do Y
- if C do Z
and so on..
Granted human interaction is difficult to learn through book, I wonder how senior managers, the intended audience of this book, would have managed to reach their current level had they not known these simple rules and guidance upon joining an organization fresh out of school.
Long and tedious excuses on previous book. Not sure if extrapolating inferences from a handful number of examples should be considered a scientific or systematic approach. Should definitely have hired a professional narrator. Although I had long admiration for the author, his tone did not come across as enjoyable for audio books.
Despite negative reviews, I thought I would give this book a try and really enjoyed it. For people interested in what went on in the Silicon Valley during the late 70s to 80s, this book will give you a flavor of it from "Woz's" standpoint.
This book emphasizes how data should be addressed as the title says. Distinguishing between the signal and the noise that comes along. Though the author involves many endless examples along his personal interest, not many gives concise illustration of how interpretations should be made and how people failed in avoiding them. The poker, baseball, basketball, weather, and other topics give little or no insight on what the reader should be doing, which is not productive after 15+ hours of listening.
This book is like a labyrinth of tips and solutions to innovation.
It starts off like this "In case you meet condition A and condition B, while condition C is avoidable, you should do action X to expect outcome Z".
Now, this starts to get super annoying when the list goes beyond handful.
As the situation can be assessed differently from a person to another person, this book stands far from its original intention: to provide a solution for people at loss on innovation
Maybe it was too much to ask Professor Christensen to come up with a solution. His issue raising with innovator's dilemma is maybe where the series should have stopped at.
Expecting this book to be on the continuum of Cialdini's Influence, this rather turned out to be a sales tactics book, which some salesperson can (and already does) apply to their daily work. This book covers more about influential tactics that are effective for transaction-based situation, rather than long-term relationship.
For those who were looking for ways to be more persuasive in their daily negotiation, this book is not for you.
Although the title is Inside Apple, I did not get a good sense of which part of the contents were the inside story of Apple.
Most of them to me sounded like a compilation of vast media materials that covered this company over the past 15 or so years.
In the same sense, this book is super helpful for people who are new to Apple and want to learn the company in relatively short time (as the author already carefully categorized the press coverage to great degree in chapters).
I must mention that the pace of reading was too slow. Perhaps a professional narrator would have been better.
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