Sunday brings a terrific cartoon from a very wise woman, Hilary Price of Rhymes With Orange:
The password-on-yellow-sticky-note situation these days is an outgrowth not of bad memory – well, maybe a bit – but mostly of corporate or firm policies that requires complex, meaningless passwords that must be changed regularly.
I understand that [...]
I had a chance to try out the cell-phones-on-lanes thing today. I hate it!
No, I wasn’t on an actual plane. I took a four-hour-plus train ride between client cities on Canada’s well-run ViaRail system. The best part: no airport hassles, no need to arrive super-early, and free (if not very high speed) wireless Internet [...]
(This article has little to do with Legal Project Management, other than as a discussion of planning for long-term value.)
There was an interesting article in the NY Times today about LED lighting. I hadn’t thought about the odd “unintended consequence” – bulb-sellers will sell a lot fewer bulbs, since they last so much longer.
Apple yesterday apparently fired the senior director of the troubled iPhone maps program.
Either he did something truly wrong, or he made a mistake for which he’s becoming a scapegoat.
If he did something untenable in HR terms — e.g., abused a subordinate, stole stuff — Apple should have stated that directly, the way Microsoft [...]
Friday I commented on another writer’s suggestion that it was possible that the demand for lawyers (not legal services, but lawyers) might fall off a cliff the way the taking of film-based photos has collapsed.
I concluded by asking, “Matt’s question posits a multi-billion-dollar risk collectively to law firms. The question is, what’s the probability” [...]
Interesting brief article in The [Non] Billable Hour on a possible “Kodak moment” for lawyers.
He includes a must-see graph that compares the total number of photos taken per year and the number of “analog” (film) photos taken that year. Note how the film photo rate has fallen off a cliff. I’m sure this [...]
A couple of stories in the news this week highlight interesting intersections of corporate and legal worlds. In both cases — Google Street View data snooping and the LinkedIn security breach — there appears to be a lack of management oversight and common sense.1
Lawyers may ask, How could corporate legal allow these errors to [...]
(This article is somewhat off topic, but it’s a way of tying a key project management concept into current events.)
For the past few days, lots of pundits have been complaining or agonizing over the Facebook IPO.
As you probably know, Facebook’s IPO was priced at $38. It briefly went up to $42, then dropped [...]
A story in the NY Times today about e-book pricing prompted me to share some thoughts about publishing.
Here’s my background. I worked in publishing 1975-1984 or thereabouts. I have published two business books, one of which has been highly successful.1 I also have published young-adult novels under another name.2
I talked with a series [...]
(Tomorrow, back to managing projects, people, and teams. But I needed to get this off my chest!)
Friday I wrote about why keeping computers functioning — Windows, Apple, smartphones, etc. — is so hard.
It’s also inexcusable. There’s no reason Windows computers1 should be as failure-prone as they are.2 (Mouse-over the footnotes to see their [...]