Risk…prevent or mitigate?

Managementblog.org presents a solid 2×2 matrix of when to self insure, insure/federate, or prevent.

The blog is in my list of sites to scan through. Worth following.

Dak

managementblog.org/2018/06/06/what-to-mitigate-what-to-prevent/

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How Rogue Techies Armed the Predator, Almost Stopped 911, and Accidentally Invented Remote War

How Rogue Techies Armed the Predator, Almost Stopped 911, and Accidentally Invented Remote War:

On the afternoon of October 7, 2001, the first day of the war in Afghanistan, an Air Force pilot named Scott Swanson made history while sitting in a captain’s chair designed for an RV. His contribution to posterity was to kill someone in a completely novel way.

 

Commentary (Dak):  Ah, the power of a motivated team focused on solving problems rather than just serving the huge organizational process gods.  Those processes have value in terms of scale and defensibility of acquisitions for well understood technologies (K-rations, anyone?) but they have their downsides.

I Had a Baby and Cancer When I Worked at Amazon. This Is My Story

I Had a Baby and Cancer When I Worked at Amazon. This Is My Story:

Worth reading:

“After a five-month leave, I was nervous and excited to return to work, and I showed up that first day back with a big smile and a phone full of baby pictures to share.  Here’s what happened instead: I was taken to lunch by a woman I barely knew. Over Cobb salad she calmly explained that all but one of my direct reports  —  the people I had hired  —  were now reporting to her. In the months that followed, I was placed on a dubious performance improvement plan, or PIP, a signal at Amazon that your employment is at risk.”

OUCH.  Amazon, you need to be better than this.

Clueless Companies Can’t Cope

I’m home sick today, so I’m a natural captive audience for free movies, or so I thought.

I was half-watching a movie on Crackle (Sony) on an iPad, and the “preach to the converted” ads for new RIM products were repeated so many times that, frankly, I lost count and I barely managed to finish the movie. The ads, that were amateurish at best, we’re repeated so many times that it made the product offerings look cheesy and irrelevant.

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A great way to make quality important in your organization

There’s really only one key practice for quality:  continuous improvement, and its dual, continuous learning. For continuous learning, many practices that help; one of my personal favorites is ‘Lunch and Learn.’  It’s easy to get started, allows the team to ‘opt in’ to shared practices, and is an amazing opportunity for growth.

One example that quickly springs to mind is “Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship” by Robert Martin. This was one of the featured books in our lunch and learns at EVault. We’ve also done this at Pharmatrust, and I think we’re about at critical mass to do this at MedAvail.

On a side note: I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from the teams I have worked with over the years; it’s one of the greatest pleasures of my professional life.

Ed Catmull on why innovation and sustained vision matter

If you are in a software leadership position, this is worth your time.

A Conversation with Ed Catmull – ACM Queue.

Key quote:  “When computer graphics became practical, it reintroduced technical change into this field and invigorated it.
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Productivity hints: Get a better monitor (today)

One of the best things you can do for your personal productivity (and the productivity of those you manage) is to make sure that people have the right tools for the job.

To keep it brief:  monitors are cheap, your time is expensive.  23″ and even 27″ 1920×1080 monitors are regularly on sale.  Check the usual suspects: SIG Electronics, Newegg, NCIX, TigerDirect. Full disclosure: I have no financial interest, and I don’t get an affiliate marketing fee; I just feel strongly about this, and I worked on a laptop with a great external monitor both in my home office and my corporate and consulting offices for years.  It makes a big difference!

Cheers,
Dak