Category: Random Thoughts

Pau Gasol on Kobe Bryant

Pau Gasol on Kobe Bryant

SI has an excellent “farewell” from Pau Gasol to Kobe Bryant. One of the key takeaways, for me: He was challenging me because he expected more from me. When somebody cares about you, that’s when they challenge you. When they...

5 Pitfalls to Software Project Failure

Poorly Controlled Scope Scope is enemy number 1; it is the amorphous blob that threatens to consume and grow until it is an uncontrollable monster, swallowing all of your carefully planned man hours. Increases in scope are often the result...

Adding The Google Test to Your Interviews

Adding The Google Test to Your Interviews

On a message board, I read a thread where a poster — a research scientist — was describing how he ended up becoming the defacto IT guy in his department simply because of his superior Google skills and willingness to...

Thoughts on Burnout

Thoughts on Burnout

I was reading an NPR piece on worker burnout and some different tactics taken by different companies to deal with it and came across a very nice, concise definition: Christina Maslach is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley,...

What Alan Watts Can Teach Us About Leadership

What Alan Watts Can Teach Us About Leadership

I was listening to a talk by Alan Watts and found one bit of advice that really connected to what I’ve learned about leading others. The principle is that any time you — as it were — voluntarily let up...

Office Lighting and Decision Making

Office Lighting and Decision Making

The results of an interesting study flashed across my news feed yesterday: Another finding was that the perception of heat could affect the participants’ emotions. The research team said that this is because emotions are more intense under bright light;...

Leadership and Innovation

Leadership and Innovation

From Peopleware, 3rd Edition: The propensity to lead without being given the authority to do so is what, in organizations, distinguishes people that can innovate and break free of the constraints that limit their competitors.  Innovation is all about leadership,...

How to Rock That Interview

How to Rock That Interview

My sister-in-law pinged me for some tips to prepare for a long, multi-session interview coming up. I’ve been on both ends as interviewer and interviewee (mostly interviewer) and I seem to have been pretty successful as far as interviews go,...