21st Century Management Tips

Senior leaders of any organization need to provide tools and empower subordinates with the decision making authority to do their job as effectively and as efficiently as possible.  To that end, here 2 goals leaders need to keep in mind: 1) Be goal and milestone/deadline oriented vice a micromanager.  General George Patton once said “Don’t…

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Internet Without The Infrastructure

As a now avid ham radio enthusiast and lover of Android-based smartphones I can’t help but wonder if it would be technically feasible to create a “mesh network”-esque replacement for the Internet that relied on no centralized infrastructure and was made stronger simply by increasing the number of users.  Could we combine the freedom that…

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Adam Savage: Busting Myths on Problem Solving

Adam Savage of Mythbusters fame recently gave a talk at a MakeFaire regarding his process for problem solving. What made it fantastic was that it was not some academic lecture on theory; rather a collection of practical, hands-on thoughts he goes through on every project. Here is the talk: A blogger over at Velvet Gazebo…

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The Space Shuttle Was Designed For Roman Horses

I heard this story by watching a recent lecture given by MIT’s Open Coursware initiative. It traces the history of how the rocket booster design of the Space Shuttle was influenced by Roman Empire horses. t goes a little like this. Thoikol is a Utah-based company that builds the rocket boosters. The boosters are transported…

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Engineering and Science for America’s Youth

President Obama today addressed the National Academy of Sciences and made a quote that harkened back to his book “The Audacity of Hope” where he wished the world had more engineers and less lawyers (which is a bit ironic coming from someone who was the president of the Harvard Law Review). He challenged the members…

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Making Technology Investment Decisions

There are five variables I consider when analyzing the “health” of technology companies and their products. These are requirements maturity, technology maturity, acquisition strategy, logistics supportability plans, project and technical management maturity. Requirements Maturity: How well defined is the problem we are trying to solve? Did they spend the time doing market research, trade studies,…

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The World Is Flat

I am in the middle of reading a terrific book called by Thomas Friedman called “The World is Flat”. Back in college I had to read another book of his called the “The Lexus and the Olive Tree” for a political science course. I should clarify at this point, I am actually listening to the…

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Shift Happens

I saw this incredible video in my grad class last night and had to share. It reinforces my believe we are grossly under prepared for life in the 21st century in this world. The longer we fight to keep things they way they were, and not focusing on how best to use technology to our…

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