Good to be in Hawaii. Long flight but also so chill.
Good to be in Hawaii. Long flight but also so chill.
I am always searching for the perfect shoe. That one shoe I can wear all the time (or nearly). Ever since Vivobarefoot cancelled their awesome Terra Nova II line I just can’t find the one true shoe. I stumbled across Allbirds and it had many of the words I like: wool, all natural, etc. I couldn’t find any description about stack height or drop but figured what the heck, a comfortable pair of wool shoes would be nice, right?
I ordered the shoes and unboxed them. Put them on and immediately thought: $100 slippers. I wore them around the house for a bit and thought yep, slippers. Now it’s day 2 and a little cool in the house so I put my slippers on after reading that Allbirds offers a no questions asked 30 day refund policy. Good on them for this; I would have returned them after Day 1 otherwise. As I ease into these for the day I have early observations:
Overall – I will try these out for a few days. These aren’t a replacement for the Terra Nova II (aka the perfect shoe) but worth a try.
I spent a few hours listening to the Spotify Top 50. While I am old and out of touch I still like to think I know something about music (I don’t). Here is the thing: yes, most of the music I don’t care for, that’s understandable as it’s not my era. But there are decent tunes out there. And then…
Autotune? Autotune sucks. It sounds bad, it highlights that the song you are about to try to listen to sucks. Just sing. You can, most artists right now can in fact belt it out.
Turns out I really liked Salt Lake City.
With the inept (and worse!) politicians we have today the time has come for me to throw my hat in the ring. For one, it really can’t get much worse than today. For another I am starting to show a little bit of “distinguished gray” at the temples – that’s some solid credentials there people.
My platform is simple, it consists of five (5) points.
My team will be taking donations and of course “pay to play” cash payments like the current President does. Stay tuned.
While there are many tools available to help you collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations (still the work horses of business) many people still rely on sending email with attachments.
Have you ever seen attachment with a name like Important_Overview_4_30_16_ps_td_foo_final.pptx? What this means is that someone built a PowerPoint presentation named “Important Overview” and marked it as April 30th to denote it was different than the one the day before. And then someone with initials of ps, and then td, and then foo edited it. And then someone finally said “it’s done” and marked it final. And that’s a simple case that might have actually worked.
Here’s what happened:
Everyone is happy, right?
Well no. First, a huge amount of time was wasted as people edited content that had already been edited, modified or otherwise improved. Second, all those manual merges means inevitably some change was lost. Don’t worry though, you will surely find that embarrassing typo during the middle of your big presentation.
And this is what happens when everyone is working hard, trying, and honestly wants to get the best outcome possible. Imagine what happens if/when that isn’t true?
Hey wait! you say. Colleague D did a bunch of edits, were those included? Nope. You see because D was forwarded the presentation Original Person never even knew Colleague D was working on edits. So that work is 100% wasted and Colleague D is now frustrated because he had important points to make.
The important thing to remember is “single source of truth”. Tools can be better or worse. Workflows can be better or worse. But as long as there is a single oracle, a single source that represents “the truth” then it will turn out better. Some easy patches:
Combine all three and you’ll be better off. Or of course you could hire someone to “own the documents” – that person will go crazy and quit within a year.
What a fun article! We know it’s flip-flop, never flop-flip. But have you ever stopped to wonder why? Turns out there is a simple rule in these cases to follow I-A-O. Read the article. Chuckle a bunch and just wonder that you know this but like me probably couldn’t have explained it without a lot of thought.
After leaving Microsoft and then doing fun work at Amazon it was time for me to try something, well, smaller. So I tried my own startup – Bonavika was an attempt to reduce distracted driving. It was a good idea but we were such rookies. Eventually I needed to make some money so I went to a funded, ~120 person company, Cyanogen. That was a good experience with some ups and downs. The key thing though is I knew I wanted to keep working on the smaller, entrepreneurial side – well – as long as I don’t run out of money:-)
May 23rd we published the first step of my newest leap of faith – Ramp Catalyst. Please check out our website. Clearly the paint is still dripping and we have some procedural work to get to.
More to come later.
This one is on my To Do list – it looks delicious! Furthermore it might fit under the breakfast-for-dinner category on a night I don’t really feel like cooking very much.
Green eggs and ham indeed!
Source: Green Eggs and Ham