OSS billionaires with perfect abs

If [more] information was the answer, then we’d all be billionaires with perfect abs.”
Derek Sivers
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The sharing economy has made a deluge of information available to us at negligible cost. We have more information available at our fingertips than we can ever consume and process. So why don’t we all have massive bank balances and perfect abs? (although I’m sure most PAOSS readers do of course)

The answer is that information is only as good as the decisions we are able to make with it. More specifically, the ability to distill the information down to the insights that compel great decisions to be made.

As OSS implementers, we can easily bombard our users with enough information calories to make perfect abs an impossible dream. Too easily in fact.

It’s much harder to consistently produce insights of great value. Perhaps it even needs the unique billionaire’s lens to spot the insights hidden in the information. But that’s what makes billionaires so rare.

Herein lies the message I want to leave you with today – how do us OSS Engineers train ourselves to see information more through a billionaire / value lens rather than our more typical technical lenses? I’m not a billionaire so I (we?) spend too much time thinking about technically correct solutions rather that thinking about valuable solutions. Do we have the right type of training / thinking to actually know what a valuable solution looks like?

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