Keeping an Open Mind

The Oath of non-allegiance

“I promise not to exclude from consideration any idea based on its source, but to consider ideas across schools and heritages in order to find the ones that best suit the current situation.”
http://alistair.cockburn.us/Oath+of+Non-Allegiance

The Agile Manifesto

Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
Working software over comprehensive documentation
Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
Responding to change over following a plan

That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.
http://agilemanifesto.org/

The worlds simplest code of conduct?

“Do the right thing, at the right time, without fearing the risks” 

Extract from article in Fin review 25/8/15 pg 27 By Lucy Kellaway

The only sentence in an employee code of conduct document. Powerful stuff.

The question that falls out of this for me is…

 “does your organisation live and breathe its values and is it culturally strong enough for it to have the courage to be able to rely on a simple statement such as “Do the right thing, at the right time, without fearing the risks” as its moral compass to help guide decisions? ” 

Pinterest adds Buy Now Button

Pinterest adds Buy Now Button – Blue “buy it” buttons will start appearing next to “buyable” buttons to allow users to transact. According to Business Insider, the mobile experience has been a major focus given that Pinterest has experienced 85% of intent to purchase (without the buy button) as being initiated from a mobile device. Significant.

BTW the mobile split was 68% plus for vehicle finance applications in a previous personal project so those in denial of mobile devices accelerating importance take note!

Back to Pinterest. Payment methods will start with Apple Pay and credit card. Apple Pay is a payment method classified as a payment processor. Payment processors such as Apple Pay and Paypal hold ones credit card details and don’t ever share those details with retailers. This means that for a transaction via Apple Pay, that there is one less person or entity in the world that has access to ones actual credit card number.

Shopify will be one of the first supported e-commerce platforms. According to Pinterest, Pinterest is the second largest referrer of traffic to Shopify stores. Pinterest won’t take a cut of the sale so retailers will get their usual margins. I would expect that this is only phase one of Pinterests pricing strategy to lure as many retailers into the Pinterest/Shopify network. Release date for this functionality is late June 2015. Apple platform first, followed by Android. First market off the rank will be USA. So AU start your and engines and prep by opening a “Pinterest for business account” but don’t drop the clutch just yet!

DHL to deliver parcels to your unattended car

Get a parcel delivered to your car boot. Safe, secure and yours.

“In May 2015 DHL Parcel, Amazon and Audi will team up to launch a Germany-wide pilot project for a brand new service that will allow car owners to use their cars as mobile delivery addresses for their parcel shipments. The three project partners have developed and tested their unique solution for car trunk delivery the past several months to ensure high security standards for both merchandise and automobiles. For the customer, the service is designed to be simple, transparent and easily manageable at all stages of the process – from order placement on Amazon.de, parcel transport by DHL, to delivery to the trunk of their Audi. ”

Press Release from DHL here.