Are we aiming too low?

I spent a couple of days with the web crowd last week at Web Directions in Atlanta.  Design matters on a website, where attention to user engagement can mean the difference between a flop and a million dollars. I live in the software world, mostly around agile...

Agile UI Design

Between Kent Beck’s post on Capital Efficient UI Design and attending a UI conference this week, I’m prompted to write down a few thoughts on incorporating UI design into development iterations. Establish critical design standards at the beginning and work...

Beyond Belief

(c) 2001-2010 Esther Derby Let me tell you a little story, a true story, about how our beliefs influence what we see in the world and affect our ability to solve problems. Two years ago my friend Julia, who was forty-four and a bit portly at the time, starting...

Mary Parker Follett on Leadership

Came across this quote today–seems a propros the discussion of management and leadership. It seems to me that whereas power usually means power-over, the power of some person or group over some other person or group, it is possible to develop the conception of...

Stuck in Neutral

When action grows unprofitable, gather information; when information grows unprofitable, sleep. Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness A few months ago, I began writing a “Technically Speaking” column for this issue and just couldn’t make myself finish it. I...

15 Things Bob Sutton Believes

From Bob Sutton’s Work Matters blog:15 THINGS I (Bob Sutton) BELIEVE1. Sometimes the best management is no management at all — first do no harm!2. Indifference is as important as passion.3. In organizational life, you can have influence over others or you...

Remember This for New Years Resolutions: Good Work Habits

From a CNN article:We’ve all heard the conventional wisdom about good work habits. Many of us have attended time management classes, participated in workshops and have been advised to “work smarter, not harder.”Work habits that might seem less...

Promises Involve Self, Other, and Context

I talked to an middle manager recently who promised his VP that his group would deliver a special project for the VP.Unfortunately, he made a promise on the basis of incomplete information. Once he talked to his group and ran the numbers, it turned out the work he...

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