How to Measure Anything
Comments and mentions from HN threads:
Ask HN: Non-tech books that have helped you grow professionally?
ekr: A vital step in becoming a more (instrumentally) rational person is to track and calibrate your beliefs. This book teaches you of how to do that.
Ask HN: Books you wish you had read earlier?
mindcrime: This is powerful stuff. Explains how to measure "things" that - at first blush - seem impossible (or really hard) to measure...
Ask HN: As a technical founder what is the best business book you've read?
mindcrime: Maybe one of the most important books I've ever read. The ideas in this book can apply in many domains, related to startups or otherwise. I can't recommend this one highly enough.
Ask HN: Books you read in 2018?
ivanmaeder: Presents a few simple techniques (confidence intervals, Monte Carlo simulations, regression analysis, Bayes, etc) to help with decision-making. E.g., should we build this feature or spend the same money on marketing?
Ask HN: Favorite nonfiction books of 2018?
mindcrime: I personally consider this one of the most valuable non-fiction books I've ever read. It would be hard for me to state emphatically enough how strongly I recommend this book and the author's approach. Using calibrated probability assessments, an understanding of nth order effects, and Monte Carlo simulations, is a process that everyone should have in their toolkit.
jacobkg: This book is a treatise against the notion that some important things can’t be measured. Full of information about how to figure what should be measured and then how to measure it. Very thorough and he managed to answer every objection I could come up with throughout.
ivanmaeder: ...this book gives you some actual real-world mathematical tools to avoid flawed thinking.
Ask HN: What books changed the way you think about almost everything?
JDDunn9: When he says anything, he means anything. How to measure the value of a human life, how to estimate things you know nothing about (like the gestation period of an African elephant), and how to get better at measuring things with limited information.
Ask HN: What are the best unknown books you have read?
seshagiric: As a product manager I can't recommend this book strong enough. It has been a saver for me in a number real life situations - solving "Fermi" problems in Interviews to handling day2day PM stuff (market sizing, analytics etc.).
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