Why to write?

This is a good argument for “starting to write”.

The reason writing a good 4 page memo is harder than “writing” a 20 page powerpoint is because the narrative structure of a good memo forces better thought and better understanding of what’s more important than what, and how things are related

The pertinent highlights:

  • I recently became aware of Jeff Bezos’s dotcom-era policy of banning PowerPoint within Amazon
  • The reason writing a good 4 page memo is harder than “writing” a 20 page powerpoint is because the narrative structure of a good memo forces better thought and better understanding of what’s more important than what, and how things are related
  • What is needed to break the stalemate is for a single individual1 to spin a narrative which captures the journey from business need through to practicalities of implementation, in a comprehensive, flowing and logical manner
  • It would be useful for others to read this. Even if they didn’t, the newfound clarity of mind of the creator would allow them to make an argument persuasive enough to break the stalemate of ideas. For this particular situation – the choice of a technology – the writer will likely have thought about and touched on: The beginning