2008 Archive

December 18, 2008 » The Unexpected Pleasures of Open, Transparent Processes

Every project has a team. How those teams form is an interesting question. For the most part, the “leader” of a project decides who is on or off a team, and then they go off on their merry way.    (N2B) If that work is done openly and transparently, then that opens up the possibility […]

October 6, 2008 » High-Performance Knowledge Work: Practice, Practice, Practice

I talk a lot about the goal of being a “high-performance” knowledge worker, of achieving “high-performance” collaboration. I’m certainly not the only one. But what does it truly mean to be “high-performance”?    (N24) One way to answer that question is to think about fields where the answer is more clear, such as sports, music, […]

October 6, 2008 » ACM: The Curse of Professional Societies

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is the professional society for computer scientists, and it is one of my favorite examples of how organizational networks often impede their own missions. I was reminded of this just now, as I attempted to download a paper from its Digital Library.    (N1Y) Although you can search its […]

August 19, 2008 » Surrounded by Positive People

Today was a very Bay Area day, from work meetings to dinner with an old friend. I was surrounded by positive people, even when the subject matter wasn’t particularly positive. Even the street and sidewalk art was positive. And you know something. It makes a difference. A big difference.    (N1U) I haven’t been blogging […]

June 23, 2008 » Nigeria, Day 2: Trust and Travel

My last post stirred up concern and sympathy among friends and family, which felt reassuring on the one hand and a bit embarrassing on the other. If you’re in a position where you can have a bad experience, then immediately find sympathetic ears from worried friends and colleagues both on the ground and over the […]

June 21, 2008 » Nervous in Nigeria

My project with the LDM program for reproductive health leaders in developing countries took me to India and Ethiopia in March, and today, it has taken me to Kano, Nigeria. I arrived here safe-and-sound, although I had a somewhat traumatizing run-in with security at the airport in Abuja. More on this in a sec.    […]

April 23, 2008 » Amateur Hour Over At TechCrunch?

http://www.techcrunch.com/author/michael-arrington/‘s recent trashing of Blaine Cook is one of the most egregious pieces of crap I’ve ever read. Here’s a guy who wouldn’t know code from Sanskrit passing technical judgement on one of the most stellar technical people I know based on the following “arguments”:    (MXY) Twitter had scaling problems. Blaine was the Chief […]

March 7, 2008 » A Brief Travel Update

I arrived in Addis Ababa this morning and am camped out at Sidama Lodge, a spacious and comfortable residential apartment just a few blocks from the IIE offices. I’ve got a few hours reprieve before meeting with the IIE staff here in Addis, then will hit the road once again for a few days to […]

March 1, 2008 » Patna, Day One

I went to sleep exhausted and happy last night, and woke up five hours later. I’m not sure if I’m still jetlagged, or if my adrenaline is running on overdrive. No matter. These early mornings have been wonderful for reflection and resetting.    (MWY) My original plan was to leave at 6am for the new […]

February 29, 2008 » Key Questions for our First Gathering

It’s morning here in Patna. I slept for about five hours last night, and I’m finally starting to feel adjusted. I’m also starving, always a good sign, and I’m craving something new and delicious. Now I’m shifting around my room, trying desperately to find a consistent WiFi connection so that I can publish my entries […]

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