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Are Tesla’s Homegrown Business Apps a Good Idea?

On November 1st the Wall Street Journal reported on how Elon Musk is choosing his approach to IT at Tesla. In short, they’re building their own business applications. “Last year, Tesla was facing delivery delays of the all-electric Model S which it introduced on June 22, 2012. At the same time, Mr. Vijayan’s team of about 25 software engineers ...

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Respect the Role

09.19.2012 · Posted in Articles, Business & Worklife, Teamwork

Every role comes with responsibility. When I see you aren’t taking care of your responsibilities I have a couple of options. If I don’t respect your role, I’m free to tackle those responsibilities myself. Sure it’s extra work for me, but – especially if we don’t value teamwork – I’ll look good in the eyes of my superiors, ...

Zen of Less – Or More?

Seth says more:   More or less You can either seek to get more out of an opportunity (job, technology, interaction, person, moment), or less. More exposure, more risk, more upside, more work, more learning, more engagement, more passion, more chance to be blamed, more opportunity to make a difference, more effort… or less.  Zenhabits ...

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You Know What I Mean

My friend Agastya wrote: Miscommunication occurs when one speaker uses a word in one context, and another interprets that same word slightly differently due to his or her own preconceptions about what that word actually means. Was he talking about the analysis related to a tricky technology project?  Nope, but he could have been.  He ...

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Time Tracking in IT Projects

Everyone agrees that having being able to know where one’s time is spent is a Good Thing. However, there is no greater gap between understanding the need for a process and the pain involved in actually implementing the process than with time tracking. Everyone I know working in information technology hates the whole idea of ...

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Seattle PI -More professors ban laptops in class

05.03.2006 · Posted in Business & Worklife

SEATTLE — Looks like more college faculty are opposing the use of laptops in their classrooms. My favorite quote from when a professsor serving on jury duty: “…recalled asking the stenographer if she found the case interesting. She replied that she didn’t remember anything she had taken down, Mooney said. “I thought, ‘That’s what my ...

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On Note Taking

03.27.2006 · Posted in Business & Worklife

A USA Today article from March 21, 2006 titled “Law professor bans laptops in class, over student protest” has reignited the long-standing debate about the better method of taking notes: by hand, or using some form of technology, like laptops or tablet PC’s. A little closer to home, last fall my nephew Matt used note-taking ...

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How Committed Are You?

03.02.2006 · Posted in Business & Worklife

An article last year by Mark Morford in the San Francisco Gate asked, “Why do you work so hard? ” Morford asserts that most of us are living the myth that “hard work is all there is” and supports this with examples of people enriching their heart, instead of their bank account, and in turn, ...

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