Mars is at Opposition, and nearing its closest point to the Earth. So we're getting amazing views of the Red Planet. Take a look at this amazing astrovideo by that captures Mars slowly rotating over several hours.
I'm about halfway through reading The Master Switch by Tim Wu. I'm just starting out with the discussion of Philo Farnsworth's tribulations. The way Wu describes how government and big business work together to stifle innovation in information and communication technology is really depressing, especially given the coming merger between Comcast and Time Warner. This is a very informative book.
If you can get past the annoying music the concepts are totally awesome to behold.
From the post: "What really struck me about Catmull’s piece was his recognition that management at Pixar needed to intervene to get people to know that they could communicate directly with whoever they needed to communicate with regardless of which organizational silo they were working in. Modern communication tools make it simple and easy to communicate with anyone in an enterprise regardless of silo or which box you occupy in a traditional org chart. Having to channel communication hierarchically, as Catmull points out, is a real communication killer that impacts not only communication effectiveness but also innovation potential and self-esteem."
I was recently interviewed by the folks at Software Advice on my thoughts related to "collaboration hacks" that might be useful for project managers. The linked article has some practical ideas of different ways to promote collaboration using commonly available tools. In my own case (I'm an independent consultant so I often move from project to project and client to client) I discussed how important it is to use tools people are already comfortable using. I can't imagine running a project without some sort of tool that supports web based information sharing, especially when the team is located all over the place. In reality, though, getting a team to "buy in" to using the same tool takes time, especially when some members of the team are dyed-in-the-wool fans of using emails to exchange files.
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