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"Writing is Thinking"-an annotated twitter thread

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"Writing is Thinking"-an annotated twitter thread
The first I heard the expression "writing is thinking" was from Peter Pathe, who not-so-coincidentally was the VP of the Word team in the major growth era. I learned a lot from him ("the best competitive feature I have against WordPerfect is Excel").

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Writing = business planning

Writing = business planning
Writing is NOT the antithesis of agile. 

Agility comes from planning. Without plans, activities are just brownian motion. And you can’t have plans, especially shared plans, without writing.

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Powerpoint decks are designed to sell, not explain

Powerpoint decks are designed to sell, not explain

Most business decks outlining a strategy are woefully inadequate for highlighting the rationale behind the proposal. 

Decks focus on the take-aways and tactics. The details are lost and people will make up their stories to fill the space between the bullet points. 

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Write to document the decision making

Writing forces you to share the details behind the goals, the history, the context, the trade-offs. 

This allows the employees to make consistent trade-offs. Micro-decisions that align to the plan. 

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Steven Sinofsky
"The first people to stop writing in a company are often those that were there the longest or the execs."

Steven Sinofsky

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