This article and the video it prefaces drove one of the personal breakthroughs I had after I quit working at a very large online travel company. What I took away from this was: I am not the smartest person in the room. Just get over it. The best results from a group of smart people […]
Summary: Executive participation is required to make strategy-based initiatives happen successfully, and without it the strategy will be hobbled or blocked completely. In other words, you cannot be a hands off executive if you want to see your strategy succeed. Something that really caught my attention in the past has been the fast and loose […]
In the relentless drive to cut the cost of human labor to zero, the ultimate dream of anonymous investors, online companies are working diligently to create human-like bots using neural networks to sound more convincing. At the same time, we in the great unwashed mass of humanity are insisting that our opinions are heard and […]
This article cracks me up. I heard recently that the company that I left in 2014 has over 150 separate AWS accounts, all started independently by business divisions in pursuit of agility. I’m sure they’re agile. I’m also sure that they manage to leave tens of millions of dollars on the table because of their […]
Chatting with one of my friends who is working on some very cool cloud products in a very entrepreneurial team, he regaled me with his field support challenges, Sorry, I’ve had a horrible few weeks – I’ve been bouncing back and forth between 2 cities fixing up (name redacted) cloud, just got back again last night. The […]
This should be scary, but it could be solved if companies are interested in long term prosperity. This is the internet version of the infrastructure aging that’s going on all over the country. Bridges, roads, railroads (still important), rapid transit, whatever doesn’t make a boatload of money but are still needed by everyone. Software “quality” […]
Wait, what? Did you hear a “No” in your group? Is that person saying “no” a negative person who will drag the rest of your team down and infect them with doubt? Maybe your team will turn on that person, and burn them out of the picture. It happens all the time. Lots of leaders refuse […]
This article articulates a trend that I have seen grow over the past 30 years as a professional. It scares me. All I can recommend is that you read this article all the way through before commenting. I believe it to be very important and worth a lot of discussion, even argument. Here’s the link […]
Would anything get done without coffee?
One of the fundamental principles of Agile work, no matter what flavor you use. Beyond a very small amount, context switching eats productivity. This comic pretty much sums it up – This strikes me as funny coming from an admitted “serial interrupter” – Success Without Testosterone – Confession: I am a serial interrupter.