The Know Universe and Rules of the Garage (HP)
The Known Universe – “Inspiration always comes from the stars…” – Mr Rich (Fish)
Rules of the Garage (Wired Magazine quote of a HP memo summing up problem solving…)
The Rules of the Garage — yes, that garage:
- Believe you can change the world.
- Work quickly, keep the tools unlocked, work whenever.
- Know when to work alone and when to work together.
- Share tools, ideas. Trust your colleagues.
- No Politics. No bureaucracy. (These are ridiculous in a garage).
- The customer defines a job well done.
- Radical ideas are not bad ideas.
- Invent different ways of working.
- Make a contribution every day. If it doesn’t contribute, it doesn’t leave the garage.
- Believe that together we can do anything.
- Invent, (invent again…)
“The purpose of life is not to win. The purpose of life is to grow and to share. When you come to look back on all that you have done in life, you will get more satisfaction from the pleasure you have brought into other people’s lives than you will from the times that you outdid and defeated them.” – Harold S. Kushner
“Any problem can be solved with the materials available in the room at the time.” – Edwin Land
“When working on a problem, I never think about beauty; I only think of how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know that it is wrong.” – R. Buckminster Fuller
“If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.” – Thomas J. Watson
“The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.” – Colin Powell
“The odds are greatly against you being immensely smarter than everyone else in the field. If your analysis says your terminal velocity is twice the speed of light, you may have invented warp drive, but the chances are a lot better that you’ve screwed up.” – attributed to Dave Akin
“If you are going through Hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill