Category Archives: behaviour

Communicating in projects

The guys at Project Management knowledge write an article on the importance of communication and how to avoid pitfalls (full article at http://project-management-knowledge.com/avoid-communication-pitfalls-in-project-management).

I agree on the fact that communication is a basic point of PM.

In my experience, I also have to add the “translation”  option: as I started to work as a PM on complex programs ranging from business plan to system development, I always found the need to make people speak same (or similar) language. Too much often I found the teams working on strategic design, having lot of difficulties to talk with those implementing the systems and viceversa. I think that communication in Projects is als to enable this kind of discussion.

This post as a comment also at http://project-management-knowledge.com/avoid-communication-pitfalls-in-project-management/comment-page-1/#comment-5985


Craiglist blocks adult pages? A little bit late

Claire Cain Miller at New York Times (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/m/claire_cain_miller/index.html?inline=nyt-per) reports that “[…] Craigslist, the popular Web site for classified ads, has blocked access to its “adult services” section and replaced the link with a black label showing the word “censored.”  Law-enforcement officials and groups that oppose human trafficking have been highly critical of Craigslist, saying that the adult ads helped facilitate prostitution and the selling of women against their will. Craigslist, which is based in San Francisco, did not respond to requests for comment, and it was unclear whether the block represented a permanent shift in policy or a temporary protest against the outside pressure on the company, which has lasted several years. […]” (full article at http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/05/technology/05craigs.html?_r=1).

I don’t question either if it is correct or not to block Craiglist adult pages. The only thing is where do those people live, while saying that this is a channel for traffiking human beings. Craiglist is here from a while, Internet is full of porn and main action is to close one of the doors?

Seems to me a little bit late and minimlaistic to think this could be one move to stop prostitution. Ok it is a starting point, but, as many other actions, seems to me to be more a demo one than a real action.

This post as a comment also at http://community.nytimes.com/comments/www.nytimes.com/2010/09/05/technology/05craigs.html#preview


Why ewallets are bad news

Dan Macsai at Fast company (http://www.fastcompany.com/user/8) reports that “[…] Later this month, Visa will release an iPhone case (developed with Dallas-based Device Fidelity) that makes the handset compatible with tap-to-pay consoles. This follows MasterCard’s similar entry this summer, when it started marketing tags (developed with Atlanta-based First Data) that stick to phones. “Consumers already use phones for online payments,” says Josh Peirez, MasterCard Worldwide’s chief innovation officer, referring to downloaded songs and software. “The goal is to get them comfortable doing the same thing in the physical world.” […]” (full article at http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/148/pocket-change.html).

Every innovation as one (or more) good sides and one (more) bad sides.

This one is tricky. The convergence between mobile phones and payments is usefull, and could increase commerce, by getting people spending as fast as a bullett.

But gives you also everybody the capability to automate a gesture (paying) without having the capability of understanding if they can afford the buy or not.

We need to stimulate economy, but, definitely we don’t need people having more debts than they have now.

This post as a comment also at http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/148/pocket-change.html


Wikileaks starts with CIA documents?

Andy Carvell at geek.com (http://www.geek.com/users/Andy%20Carvell/) reports that “[…] WikiLeaks has announced on Twitter that it will release a new document today […]” (full article at http://www.geek.com/articles/news/wikileaks-prepares-to-leak-cia-document-20100825/).

I don’t really like to speak of this, but, I don’t also like the misuse of freedom of speech.

One thing is to release documents on companies doing bad things, another is to “burn” people working undercover or putting them in danger.

Freedom of speech is a right that should be used with some wiseness.

This post as a comment also at http://www.geek.com/articles/news/wikileaks-prepares-to-leak-cia-document-20100825/comment-page-1/#comment-3869117


Photoshopping or not?

Darren Barefoot at his own site reports on a probably photoshopped photo and asks where does the limiti on photoshopping stand (full article at http://www.darrenbarefoot.com/archives/2010/08/when-is-a-little-photoshopping-acceptable.html).

IMHO the limit stands on good sense.

Polishing the image like CK did seems to me a good balance between obtaining a good result and not faking the photo.

On the other side I think that any other kind of photoshopping (if not declared) is quite misleading.

Also with non digital photos fakes were behind the corner, but now are available to anybody.

This post as a comment also at http://www.darrenbarefoot.com/archives/2010/08/when-is-a-little-photoshopping-acceptable.html/comment-page-1#comment-1614414


Time spent on Internet goes toward social networks

Matthew Lasar at Ars Technica (http://arstechnica.com/author/matthew-lasar/) reports that “[…] Just in case you needed further confirmation that blogs, social networks, and games are overtaking everything else on the ‘Net, Nielsen has released its latest statistics. They show that Americans now spend almost a quarter of their PC/laptop days and nights on social networking sites and blogs. That’s a 43 percent jump from a year ago. Social networking now has a 22.7 percent share of the PC pie, while online games get a 10.2 percent share (up 10 percent from last year). […]” (full article at http://arstechnica.com/web/news/2010/08/nielsen-social-networking-and-gaming-up-email-uncertain.ars).

This, of course, cannot be a surprise, since this desire we all have to communicate to everybody.

But is very important for actual and possible impacts this trend will have on economy and behaviour.

I think that what we will read again on this topic is the new definition of privacy (with everything and everyone going into social networks, which will be the border line for what is considered private?) and security (with more firms going to provide stronger and more flexible security solutions to allow reasonable access to data stored).

This post as a comment also at http://arstechnica.com/web/news/2010/08/nielsen-social-networking-and-gaming-up-email-uncertain.ars?comments=1&p=20673891#comment-20673891


Corporations and Facebook datas

Dan Nosowitz at Fast Company reports a Gizmodo news that says “[…] The data collected was public, of course–all of these corporations could have just found this data on Google. But after white hat hacker (the good kind, if your definition of “good” is malleable) Ron Bowles collected all of this public data and smushed it into one massive file, it may have sparked an interest that wouldn’t have existed otherwise. Sure, these companies could have found this data elsewhere, at any time–but they likely didn’t. […] [The list of companies, reported by Gizmodo is the one that follows]:

A.C. Nielsen; Agilent Technologies; Apple; AT&T, possibly Macrovision; Baker & McKenzie; BBC; Bertelsmann Media; Boeing; Church of Scientology; Cisco Systems; Cox Enterprises; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Deutsche Telekom; Disney; Duracell; Ernst & Young; Fujitsu; Goldman Sachs; Halliburton; HBO & Company; Hilton Hospitality; Hitachi; HP; IBM; Intel; Intuit; Levi Strauss & Co.; Lockheed-Martin Corp; Lucasfilm; Lucent Technologies; Matsushita Electric Industrial Co; Mcafee; MetLife; Mitsubishi; Motorola; Northrop Grumman; Novell; Nvidia; O’Melveny & Myers; Oracle Corp; Pepsi Cola; Procter and Gamble; Random House; Raytheon; Road Runner RRWE; Seagate; Sega; Siemens AG; Sony Corporation; Sprint; Sun Microsystems; Symantec; The Hague; Time Warner Telecom; Turner Broadcasting System; Ubisoft Entertainment; Unisys; United Nations; Univision; USPS; Viacom; Vodafone; Wells Fargo; Xerox PARC. […]” (full article at http://www.fastcompany.com/1675872/major-companies-are-downloading-the-data-from-those-100-million-public-facebook-profiles).

Again is the proof that Facebook is not safe in any way and  that, generally speaking, the net is not the safest place to keep datas.

Unfortunately, the internet is a big and complex structure, while Facebook is a privately held company without the basic knowledge on how to safely treat datas (either personal or not).

A company holding informations (sensitive or not) of about 1/12 of world population should not be authorized to do so without a clear proof of their capabilities in safeguarding datas.

But this covers about the half of the problem, because the other part is people putting personal datas everywhere without having theknowledge of the uses and availability the datas.

I think that while a serious action should be taken against Facebook (at least to make them think of the problems they are causing), on users consciousness is a battle lost before starting.

This post as a comment also at http://www.fastcompany.com/1675872/major-companies-are-downloading-the-data-from-those-100-million-public-facebook-profiles


Apple censorship: write or wrong?

Jesus Diaz at Gizmodo reports that Apple seems to have censored the two best sellers of her bookstore. The problem? That they were short stories of erotic content written by Carl East (full article at http://gizmodo.com/5598114/is-apple-censoring-their-book-store-bestseller-list).

While I think that Steve Jobs and Apple have the right to rule inside their market place and platforms as they best like (at the end, rules are known before entering the game,…) until they don’t limit agreed rights, on the other side I have two points:

a) for how many time this chensorhip will be applicable, considering the breaches in apps and books selection that exists (because in my opinion, some very light xxx applications and books are admitted since they don’t become so much visible) and money they bring to App store

b) why is so difficult to have a differentiated offering for those willing to access xxx applications (couldn’t be ethical for someone, but brings a lot of bucks…. 🙂 )

This post as a comment also at http://gizmodo.com/5598114/is-apple-censoring-their-book-store-bestseller-list


Microsoft phones altering results?

Matthew Humpries (http://www.geek.com/users/Matthew/) at Geek.com Matt Hartley at Lockergnome and Matt Buchanan at Gizmodo reports that Microsoft is going to give for free to its own employees mobile phones with Windows 7 installed (full article at http://www.geek.com/articles/mobile/microsoft-giving-90000-employees-windows-7-phone-20100722/ and at http://gizmodo.com/5593104/every-microsoft-employee-is-getting-a-windows-phone-7-uh-phone).

Distributing goods produced is a quite diffused practice in companies in order to push them (on marketing side) or to achieve results (e.g. emptying a wharehouse with unsold things, reaching a goal,…).

Having people using what they produce is something I find intelligent, because is an enabler for a lot of behaviours and processes.

What sounds strage to me is the number of 90.000 phones that risks to alter some (or most) of market results, if not in terms of money, at least in terms of volumes reporting.

This post as a comment also at http://www.geek.com/articles/mobile/microsoft-giving-90000-employees-windows-7-phone-20100722/comment-page-1/#comment-3847287 and at http://www.lockergnome.com/it/2010/07/22/windows-phone-7-units-for-everyone/comment-page-1/#comment-215336 and at http://gizmodo.com/5593104/every-microsoft-employee-is-getting-a-windows-phone-7-uh-phone).


Mobile telephone uses

Liz Gannes at Gigaom (http://gigaom.com/author/lizg/), reports some interesting data on mobile phone uses comparing 2009 and today in US(full article at http://gigaom.com/2010/07/07/mobile-video-capture-soars-now-brace-yourself-for-views-and-uploads).

The survey shows an increase of cell phones use quite in all areas, with majority of users texting and taking pictures.

I think that the growth is linked to the wider service available in new OSs and in people being more conscious of functions available.

This post as a comment also at http://gigaom.com/2010/07/07/mobile-video-capture-soars-now-brace-yourself-for-views-and-uploads/?go_commented=1


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