Most large companies invest heavily in application development, and they do so for a compelling reason: their future might depend on it

via Enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of application development | McKinsey & Company.

I’m not (at all) impressed by the concept of Use Case Points (count of the number of transactions performed by an application and the number of actors that interact with the application in question) but I loved the sentence 🙂

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Social media seems to get a bad reputation nowadays, what with recurring talks of privacy concerns and freedom of speech restrictions. It’s understandable, of course; platforms like Facebook and Twitter are for many the primary means of communicating with large groups of people and have collected a huge amount of information about us. These details can reveal a lot about our daily lives and personal convictions, so what’s done with that data is important.

via 20 apps and resources that do cool things with your social data – The Next Web.

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This confusion happens all the time. Quality is not an absolute measure. It doesn’t mean ‘deluxeness’ or ‘perfection’. It means keeping the promise the customer wants you to make.

From Misunderstanding quality
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I see a lot of CIOs spending a lot of time — which is very important to do — on major business initiatives. But I often see an inadequate amount of time spent where the day-to-day, most frequent touchpoints are, which is with all the other ways the people in the company are their users. One of the big changes that has come with the mass consumerization of technology is that IT needs to flip that around a little and spend more time focusing on the overall employee experience.

from Google’s CIO on How to Make Your IT Department Great .
So happy to see that I’m not alone: before asking to sit at the ‘business table’ , dear CIOs, be sure to know how to do your homework first!
Incidentally this means you should have an IT background 😉
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It’s ironic that two industries who are highly reliant on collaboration often have the most siloed legacy systems, processes and IT infrastructures. As one aerospace executive told me recently, the industry sees cloud computing as solution to what many call “silos of excellence” that slow down progress. Aerospace executives also speak of security concerns, especially in the area of globally-based defense support and logistics platforms.

full article here
…. mmmmmm: my spider senses are tingling ….
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“We build a system all about interchangeable people, because factories are made of interchangeable parts. […] And so we built schools, that’s what school was for [to prepare people to work in a factory]”

“What people does quite naturally is, if it’s work, try to figure out how to do less, and if it’s art, they try to figure out how to do more!. And when we put kids in the factories we call school, the thing we build by indoctrinate them into compliance, why are we surprised by the question “will this be on the test?”

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Limiting the number of projects a team is working on – making the team do less – does not have to reduce productivity and can actually deliver more

via agile42 | Stop Starting and Start Finishing.

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Events cause people to synchronize and act together. When something dramatic happens on TV, with a favorite sports team, or outside our own windows, people come together on Twitter

via Twitter and synchrony | Twitter Blog.

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Roberto DAngelo and Francesca Fedeli thought their baby boy Mario was healthy — until at 10 days old, they discovered hed had a perinatal stroke. With Mario unable to control the left side of his body, they grappled with tough questions: Would he be “normal?” Could he live a full life? The poignant story of parents facing their fears — and how they turned them around.

via Roberto DAngelo + Francesca Fedeli: In our babys illness, a life lesson | Video on TED.com.

My friends Roberdan and Francesca gave this great talk at TED 2013: I’m very proud of them.

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Many people think of business travel as a chore. I see it as an opportunity. Not to generate new work, necessarily (though that’s nice, too), but to exercise my curiosity, think about problems in new ways, and get inspired.

via Never Be Bored on a Business Trip Again | Design Thinking.

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