How Taking Things Apart Creates Revolutions
- Inside the Book
- Technology, Revolutions, and the Business of Technology
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- How To Order
Inside the Book
The Table of Contents, the Index, and Chapter One are all available. You can also search the entire text of the book via Amazon's search engine. Amazon also offers an interactive graphical image of the "most used" words in the book.
Technology, Revolutions, and the Business of Technology
The Pebble and the Avalanche: How Taking Things Apart Creates Revolutions.
Written for a business audience, the book explains how to understand, create, and apply revolutions in business and technology. (Larger image of cover.)
The book is based around a central theme: why do certain kinds of innovations — ideas and inventions — start revolutions in business and technology?
Here's a list of some key revolutions in technology that happened over the past thirty years:
- The Internet
- The World Wide Web
- Cheap Long Distance Phone Service
- Personal Computers
What do all these revolutions have in common? The answer is very straightforward: all of these revolutions were started by taking things apart. It's a process that I call "disaggregation," and here's how it works:
|Internet||Protocols — the "traffic rules" that computers use to talk to each other — were made common to all computers They were no longer tied to each vendor's proprietary operating system.|
|World Wide Web||Documents could be read on any computer using a browser program. Prior to the Web, each document had its own special program that you had to load on your computer.|
|Long Distance Phone Service||Breaking AT&T apart into separate companies let competition rule and drove the price of long distance calls down to nearly nothing.|
Today's personal computers are the result of two different revolutions.
The result of these two innovations: highly capable yet very inexpensive computers.
There's plenty of other examples in the book, along with information to help understand how disaggregation works and why it creates revolutions. The book shows how to categorize the types of changes: Does it change the authority over technology? Does it change the ownership of the business? The book lists the expected benefits of disaggregation which crop up time and again, and how to work backwards from benefits you'd like to the disaggregation you need.
The book's blog has comments on current revolutions in science and technology.
Here are slides from a recent talk about the ideas and concepts in the book.
You can see the book's catalog sheet in PDF format. Excerpts will be available soon.
How To Order
Published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers, the book is now shipping from online merchants. You can order from Amazon, from Tattered Cover Book Store, from Barnes and Noble, from other online merchants, or directly from Berrett-Koehler.
|Title||The Pebble and the Avalanche: How Taking Things Apart Creates Revolutions|
|Publication Date||November, 2005|
|Format||Hardcover, 216 pages, 6-1/8 by 9-1/4 inches|
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