Exploring the Practice of Antifragility: An Antifragile Antifragility Book!

Henrik Martensson (@Kallokain) reviewed Exploring the Practice of Antifragility on Amazon.com.

The eBook achieved #1 Best Sellers in One-Hour Business & Money Short Reads as well as #1 Hot New Releases in One-Hour Business & Money Short Reads on Amazon soonafter it was released!

You can learn more about the book at the Exploring The Practice Of Antifragility website.


First disclosure: As of the 5th of December 2015, I am a contributor to this book! I do not have a financial stake in it, but I do wish the book to succeed, because I believe the idea of antifragility to be important. I won’t review my own contribution, of course, but stick to the things I have read by the other contributors.

Henrik is forthright in emphasizing that he believes that “the idea of antifragility to be important” and won’t review his own contribution but stick to the things he has read by the other contributors!

The eBook will Evolve

Second, Exploring the Practice of Antifragility is itself antifragile! The book is a Kindle ebook, and like all Kindle books, it can be updated with new material from time to time. This means the book itself can evolve according to pressure from the environment, i.e. reviews and sales data can actually make this book better over time.

Thus, if you buy the book, think of a way to improve it, and write about it in a review, your wish might come true. While this is possible to do with all Kindle ebooks, I do not think too many of them make good use of it. When Si Alhir, one of the editors, told me about the book having planned updates when he invited me to participate, I found this to be a very attractive feature.

Henrik emphasizes evolution of the eBook via updates! This was fundamental in deciding to use the Amazon Kindle platform.

We were heavily guided (and influenced) by Seth Godin’s (@ThisIsSethsBlogAdvice for authorsMoving on, and The Domino Project!

The eBook is an Anthology

Third, the book also features another very important property of antifragile systems: Variation!

The book is an anthology, with essays written by very different people, who have very different backgrounds, and who do very different things. This means you won’t be interested in everything, but, if you are interested in antifragility, there will almost certainly be something in it that you find very interesting.

Henrik emphasizes variation and anthology! This was fundamental to the “exploring” and “kaleidoscope” aspects emphasized in the title of the eBook.

The eBook is Practically Useful and Highly Useful by Offering a Different Perspective

Fourth, the book was practically useful to me! Two years ago I began building an antifragile organization. We are now more than 350 people. One of my book projects is a book about the organization, and I have struggled with explaining, in a simple way, the difference between the antifragile organization, and fragile organizations in the same domain.

Todd Nilson solved the problem for me, writing about Nicholas Taleb’s triad schema. It was exactly what I needed. I can borrow the idea, adapt it for my own book, and it will work beautifully.

Si Alhir made the connection between antifragility and the OODA decision loop from John Boyd’s Maneuver Conflict, which I find interesting, because the antifragile organization I am deeply involved in, directly uses many ideas from Boyd.

Again, Boyd’s ideas are echoed in Todd Nilson’s: “ … the purpose of the community trumps all else.”

I also enjoyed reading Elinor Slomba’s piece about sustainability, connectivity, and diversity, and how to use simple free tools to collaborate over the Internet.

Valuable ideas I can use in my own work. Highly useful.

Also, Slomba’s ideas about cascades the properties of aggregated and distributed systems are practically useful to me. I recently released a book about reducing lead times in the book publishing business. The method I wrote about, and use to write my own books, applies the same ideas.

Slomba has given me a slightly different perspective, which will help me express the ideas in a simpler manner in my own books.

Henrik emphasizes how he’s benefit from Todd Nilson‘s (@toddnilson) and Elinor Slomba‘s (@artsint) contributions! This was fundamental to the “practice” and “kaleidoscope” aspects emphasized in the title of the eBook.

The eBook Uses teh Ideas it Proposes — An Antifragile Antifragility Book!

So, I give this book five stars, because it actively uses the ideas it proposes, because it will get better over time, and because it was practically useful to me immediately when I read it.

Thank You, Henrik, for expressing the intent/purpose of the eBook much more eloquently than Donald E. Gould (@DonaldEGould) or I!


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