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If I directed you to this post, it's probably because you referred to me as "Dan" rather than "DROdio". (Don't feel bad about it, it happens all the time -- that's why I made a blog post about it. Lots of people still call me "Daniel" as well -- especially people who have known me a long time-- which is fine, too).
Here's why I prefer DROdio: My full name is "Daniel (pronounced "dahn-yelle") Rubén Odio." I'm a first-generation American; my father came to the US from Costa Rica when he was in his 20s. I've lived in both Spanish and English speaking countries, and not only do I speak Spanish with my kids, but we've also named them with the same initials. So we're a tribe of "DROdios."
My initials, "DROdio" let me share my cultural background as a part of my name, and make me think of my kids each time I hear my name, which is one of those little things in life that's unexpectedly enjoyable.
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If you perform at an average rate, you'll probably have an average life. Yes, there are exceptions, but counting on an exception is a weak plan. If you want an above-average life, you're going to have to perform above at an above average rate.
You don't need to be above average in every single respect. That would be nice, but strong gains are usually made through focus. Someone who is average in every way except for one key skill will probably have a better than average life.
The old way of accruing advantage was accumulating general knowledge. Universities were created because access to experts (teachers) and information (books) were scarce. Getting into a college and having access to those resources (and the ability to absorb some of them) was a valuable thing.
Now we have the internet, so general knowledge isn't very valuable. That's not to say it's worthless, just that the average amount of general knowledge people are working with is so high that's it's hard to really stand out there, and that if you're missing a piece of knowledge, you can quickly and cheaply fill that gap. I know nothing about botany, but I bet that in one day I could learn more than 85% of the general population. In the past that wasn't the case.
Last year, my wife and I decided to get really good at taking insanely great photos. (You can find a gallery of my favorite pics -- like the one above-- right here).
Over the years, we've amassed almost three terabytes of photos & videos. And now that we have a beautiful baby daughter, that number is only going to grow faster.
I've always wrestled with how to have appropriate backups for those pics. I've tried cloud backup services, multiple hard drives + CarbonCopyCloner, exporting to other services like Google+, but nothing quite fit the bill.
Then I realized that SmugMug might have the answer.
I'm incredibly pleased to bring you this interview with Kevin Archbold, a 25-year veteran in project management and a 13-year consultant and teacher of the specialty. This opens the door to people who have excellent skills to better managing their projects and getting better communication going. This one is dense, but work through it carefully because it's a life-changing skill and Archbold is a master at this topic.
You might also be interested in his GiveGetWin deal, "Real-Time Live-Fire Project Management Training With Kevin Archbold" where you'll bring two sentences describing a project you want to the 5-person class, and leave with a project charter filled out.
Better Project Planning Means Less Project Failure by Kevin Archbold, as told to Sebastian Marshall
My background is project management. Most people have a career in a technical field first and then move into project management, but I went directly into PM after University in England. I found it was a good fit for me and stuck with it ever since.
I've got a CompSci degree, but no one's ever paid me to program anything. I started in the telecommunications industry, and then moved through many other industries: 10 years around Detroit, working on a lot of automotive and time at a nuclear power plant. I've worked on internet startups and biotech in Seattle, spent time with the City Government in Seattle, and have been in Tucson for seven years now -- doing mining-related projects and astronomy related projects… a whole gamut of things. I do not provide technical expertise; I bring fundamental project management.
Leaders in invoice financing companies, automotive manufacturing companies, any companies pursuing innovation face three crucial decisions: what to pursue versus what to disregard, what to retain versus what to purge and what to do versus what should not be done.
Legions of pioneering innovators zero in on the latter part of each choice, choosing a less-is-more approach subtracting just the correct things in just the correct way to attain the ultimate effect via minimum means, conveying what everybody wants: an interesting and worthwhile experience.
This defines the art of subtraction, which is the process of purging anything superfluous, puzzling, wasteful, dangerous, or difficult to use—and possibly constructing a regimen to stop adding it to begin with. These 6 rules help guide that regimen.
1. What isn’t there can often top what is.
I believe that AngelList is going to be a HUGE resource for companies to use for recruiting. So I'm going to start leaving some pro-tips here as I learn & navigate the AngelList system. I'll also invite the AL folks to comment directly on this post.
Today, from what I can tell, there are 16,834 candidates on AngelList Talent:
I expect that number to balloon substantially over the coming 12 months.
Stay tuned for pro tips in the comments below. Also feel free to post your own, as well as questions on how we use AngelList at ShareThis for recruiting.
Just another tool for online collaboration? No, Holy Grail of project management.
"Ha!" you can say. "Why do I need askcow, if there are many web based applications arranged for the same?"
"Ha!" we'll answer. "Try to employ them online at least for few months."
We've tried to do this for few years but all systems we worked in remained unfit – there always was a moment then web based project management tool begun to hamper our activity instead of making it easier.
Available online groupware were so insufficient that we were beginning our next project every time in a new set of tools of management. But anyway, attempts to ease our troubles were always idle – some online applications were so primitive that they couldn't meet the requirements of large amount of people working at a complicated task; some on the contrary were so tangled, that giving the using of these systems up was the only solution. We were suffering.
Just returned from my trip, sitting at my desk: Top pile is cards I don't recognize (straight to the trash), smaller pile at bottom are cards I'm following up on.
Whenever I speak at a conference like I did last week, a bunch of people always come up afterwards to hand me their business cards.
One of my colleagues at work just asked:
BUT there is an alternative -- a great hack that my wife (who used to be a mobile product manager) showed me awhile back.
The iPhone has a (very hidden) "shortcuts" menu. Here's how to find it:
Settings >> General >> Keyboard >> Shortcuts