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Dune prequels and fat startups

News ·Saturday July 18, 2015 @ 12:22 EDT (link)

With a series as great as Dune there are serious concerns that anyone continuing it after the death of the original author would fail to capture the spirit of the originals; but I was very pleasantly surprised that Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson's prequels are great in every way, living up to and extending the original works, and I look forward to reading their sequels too.

My former manager at Exacq recommended a couple books which he had successfully applied, at least in part: The Lean Startup and The Geek Leader's Handbook. I haven't The Lean Startup yet, but it has been interesting to look back and note the problems resulting from the lack of application of the principles therein. GLH does have some useful tips but the authors could have done much better pulling together the various articles that became the book; it lacks cohesion, although the individual chapters, except toward the end, are helpful, especially, as promised, "contraxioms": the ways non-geeks look at the world. Apparently we geeks are a lot pickier about what we consider a lie, for instance.

Books finished: Mightier Than the Sword, My Secret Life On the Mcjob, Callahan's Legacy, Peter Drucker On the Profession of Management, The Sword of Shannara, Sewer, Gas and Electric, Callahan's Key, Dune: House Atreides, Dune: House Harkonnen, High-Maintenance Employees, Dune: House Corrino, Dune: The Butlerian Jihad, How Toyota Became #1, Dune: The Machine Crusade, Purple Cow, Being Geek, Good Boss, Bad Boss, The No Asshole Rule, The Lean Startup, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, Dune: The Battle of Corrin, The Geek Leader's Handbook.