The road to to sucess is always under construction…
Austin Carr at Fast company (http://www.fastcompany.com/user/219225) reports that Symantec started a service called Norton’s Cybercrime Index (http://nortoncybercrimeindex.com/) aimed at advising users on threat level of cyber crime (full article at http://www.fastcompany.com/1729217/scare-tactics-nortons-cybercrime-index-tracks-internet-dangers-in-real-time-frightens-old-fo).
I think that could be useful in some way, but I I’m not quite sure of the final objective of the service, because of course is a matter of commercials and marketing.
I don’t think the average user could understand and interpret the level of threat he’s exposed by watching the site, but I’m sure that the below the average user will be scared by titles he cannot understand.
So at the end I would have expected a different approach from Symantec, but let’s see how the service evolves.
This post as a comment also at http://www.fastcompany.com/1729217/scare-tactics-nortons-cybercrime-index-tracks-internet-dangers-in-real-time-frightens-old-fo
If there are two possible ways to spell a person’s name, you will pick the wrong one.
Many sites and authors (among them Matt Hartley at Lockergnome, full article at http://www.lockergnome.com/it/2011/01/17/is-steve-jobs-critical-to-apple/, Joe Wilcox at Beta news, full article at http://www.betanews.com/joewilcox/article/Apples-future-without-Steve-Jobs-wont-be-as-bright/1295327829 and at http://www.betanews.com/joewilcox/article/What-future-does-Apple-have-without-Steve-Jobs/1295286850 and at http://www.betanews.com/joewilcox/article/Steve-Jobs-takes-another-medical-leave-from-Apple/1295278306, Juan Carlos Perez at Computer world, full article at http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9205362/With_Apple_s_Jobs_on_leave_many_questions_and_few_answers, Peter Sayer at Computer world, full article at http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9205342/Update_Apple_CEO_Steve_Jobs_to_take_medical_leave_of_absence, Chris Foresman at Ars Techinca, full article at http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2011/01/apple-ceo-steve-jobs-back-on-medical-leave.ars, Matthew Humphries at Geek.com, full article at http://www.geek.com/articles/apple/steve-jobs-goes-on-medical-leave-of-absence-20110117/, Mike Halsey at ghack.com, full article at http://www.ghacks.net/2011/01/17/steve-jobs-to-take-leave-of-absence-from-apple-for-health-reasons/) covered the anouncement of Steve Jobs leave for absence due to medical problems. Most of them also told that Steve Jobs is strictly related to Apple future in terms of positive impact. On top of this Apple shares declined after the announcement has been made.
In my opinion, Steve Jobs is very important for Apple because of charisma, innovation, leadership and vision. But times are different now form those when Steve came back and reseurrected Apple from ashes.
Apple is now a company with a stronger brand, that goes over the geeks and is more linked to marketing.
Apple is a strong company with cutting edge technologies and more patents that can turn in billion dollars ideas.
Apple has now an industrial approach for going live.
Apple has also grown or acquired lot of professionals and managers that can continue the business.
Apple also has a marketing and commercial model for applications selling that is something that is a step beyond also for new coming devices.
I don’t work for Apple (in fact I work for another very big company that is a competitor for part of Apple business), but I think the Cupertino company is stronger than ever.
With Steve at the helm also has the plus of a Guru, but without can continue the business without problems.
This post as a comment also at http://www.betanews.com/joewilcox/article/Apples-future-without-Steve-Jobs-wont-be-as-bright/1295327829, at http://www.betanews.com/joewilcox/article/What-future-does-Apple-have-without-Steve-Jobs/1295286850, http://www.betanews.com/joewilcox/article/Steve-Jobs-takes-another-medical-leave-from-Apple/1295278306, http://www.computerworld.com/comments/node/9205362#comment-716336, http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2011/01/apple-ceo-steve-jobs-back-on-medical-leave.ars?comments=1&p=21225850#comment-21225850, http://www.geek.com/articles/apple/steve-jobs-goes-on-medical-leave-of-absence-20110117/comment-page-1/#comment-3975084, http://www.ghacks.net/2011/01/17/steve-jobs-to-take-leave-of-absence-from-apple-for-health-reasons/#comment-1295892 and at http://www.lockergnome.com/it/2011/01/17/is-steve-jobs-critical-to-apple/comment-page-1/#comment-250537
The guys at Project Management Knowledge give us some good hints on increasing productivity (full article at http://project-management-knowledge.com/top-7-project-management-productivity-tips).
Their hints in bold, the other my comments:
- Prioritize and Take Action: never postpone until you’re forced to do, because things unresolved cumulate. This does not mean to everything in one shot, but is to act when needed and in the priority you decide.
- Revisit Goal Setting Daily: Things change and so do your goals. No route is straight; at least it needs some corrections on the path.
- Get Your R & R: means rest and recreation (and that is really true, because if you’re working hard you need it to perform at best), but also means for me reality and reality (to mean that aiming at difficult objectives is challenging, aiming at impossible ones is frustrating. So always maintain your feet as much on the ground as you can.
- R & R Revisited: this is *rewards and recognition* and is valid also if you think of yourself only.
- Do what you hate: but not for too much time, otherwise (also if you’re over payed to do this task you hate) the little breach becomes bigger and bigger and you cannot deal with it anymore.
- Reinforce your boundaries: as you may know saying no it’s an art difficult to teach and even more difficult to learn. The easiest thing is to find a good balance between doing things only for you and being a subsidiary for others work.
- Stop juggling: Elephant is eaten one spoon at a time….
This post as a comment also at http://project-management-knowledge.com/top-7-project-management-productivity-tips/comment-page-1/#comment-6064
Daisy at Project Management Knowledge writes an article on the importance of team (full article at http://project-management-knowledge.com/tips-for-managing-your-ever-changing-project-team).
The importance of a team in a project is undoubtfull. Too much often there’s a superiority attitude where is said that when you have contents and determination you can overcome team problems.
Is not like this.
Having the right team is THE successfull key.
Unfortunately much of the attitude is reactive, meaning that too often you deal with team problems when you have people onboard (this because is very difficult to have a clear and objective evaluation of a person, since is easier for many managers to say good things instead of real things).
So what to do with your team? Each one of us has its own management style, but, adding to those reported in the article I can say:
Be honest with team, because they are part of the game. Most of the times they are the game.
Let them know what they really need to know (e.g. if you’re dealing with internal organizational problems, is not something they need to know).
Delegate to them, while maintaining control.
Be a unique thing externally and say the things before inside the team.
This post as a comment also at http://project-management-knowledge.com/tips-for-managing-your-ever-changing-project-team/comment-page-1/#comment-6001
The guys at Project management knowledge write an article on etiquette in PM (Full article at http://project-management-knowledge.com/project-management-etiquette-%e2%80%93-why-manners-matter).
Mainly they say:
- Give orders nicely: true, but really varies from person to person. If you’re very straightforward, well is good to have a nicier approach, but in normal professional conduct, I think that can happen (and sometime is positive) to give instructions in a more direct way
- Take turns in meeting: true and very difficult to do if you have a less than collaborative client
- Keep mail short and sweet: this is good every time, but in pm is one of the keys.
This post as a comment also at http://project-management-knowledge.com/project-management-etiquette-%e2%80%93-why-manners-matter/comment-page-1/#comment-5997
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
The guys at Project management knowledge underlined the importance of lessons learned in project management (full article at http://project-management-knowledge.com/lessons-learned-in-project-management).
Here are my comments:
- That a project’s scope, time, and costs were woefully underestimated: True, and in this times of crisis at most time, you have very little contingency inside estimations. I also feel that having a planned “incremental” scope is usefull instead than having unreacheable goals.
- Which vendors to use and which to avoid in the future – and why: This is part of team shaping and is definitely a part of experience each one of us has
- Which members of your project team need extra supervision to get things done: this is quite tricky, because team members vary and is not said you will have your team well formed and ready when starting a project
- Which members of your project team can be given additional responsibilities and opportunities for leadership development : as above.
- That certain instructions and communication are unclear leading to confusion: communication is the key for success and makes the difference between skilled professionals and a team
- That your current tools/equipment/technology aren’t up to the task at hand : agree on this
- That some corporate policies are outdated and decrease the efficiency of project processes: This is an old story every time true 🙂
This post as a comment at http://project-management-knowledge.com/lessons-learned-in-project-management/comment-page-1/#comment-5981