November, 2009

Apple's iconic presentations :


Recently a book came out The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience. Jobs has mastered the art of presenting. I thought it would be interesting to look at his presentations over

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My Time Leading Tech at BusinessWeek - Social, Agile, and.

Social, Agile and Transformation

Today was my last full day heading technology at BusinessWeek (or CIO as my superiors acknowledge). I'm very proud of the BusinessWeek Technology Team's accomplishments during my tenure. Some of our product

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The Future of Sales is Social (the rise of social CRM)

Trends in the Living Networks

Last week I did the keynote presentation in a webinar run by ITNews and Oracle on How to spark sales using social media apps. My presentation was titled The Future of Sales is Social. The slides are below, and you can listen to the on demand webinar here (registration required).

Fountainhead: Infrastructure Virtualization: The Next Logical Step


2010 will be an interesting year for virtualization - but not from the perspective you're probably thinking. It will be the year of the virtual infrastructure, not of the virtual machine. Yes, the O/S virtualization market is maturing as it

An Adult Conversation About Estimates

Speaker: Beekey Cheung, Software Consultant, Professor Beekums, LLC

Estimates are a contentious topic in software development. Most of our development teams hate providing estimates and many managers are starting to view them as unnecessary. As senior software leaders, how can we determine whether estimates are helpful or harmful to our teams? We are excited to be joined by Beekey Cheung, a software consultant and blogger known as Professor Beekums, who has helped many leaders and teams go from fearing estimates to using them appropriately. He'll walk us through the value of estimates, how to overcome the hesitancy many have in giving them, and how to provide better estimates.

Autism and the “helicopter parent”

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

Every now and then someone will write an article - or a comment on an article - that pins the cause of autism on “overprotective&# parents.

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Vim Plugins: NERD Commenter


The NERD Commenter is an indispensable tool when programming in VIM. It understands like a zillion different file types and properly comments each. It can handle single line, multi line, partial line commenting as well as nesting. If you’re programming in VIM you really should be using it. It is simple enough to use. Most commands are mapped to ,c[character]. The command you are probably going to use the most is ,c which intelligently toggles a comment on or off

Turning Good Ideas into Operational Reality - Social, Agile, and.

Social, Agile and Transformation

Lots of companies these days are focused on innovation and idea generation. In fact, one of the major reasons CIOs are backing Enterprise 2.0 is to provide tools to the entire distributed organization for idea capture

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Sky Business Tech Report: Interview on social media, online outsourcing, and how small companies are using technology to leapfrog big business

Trends in the Living Networks

I was interviewed this morning on Sky Business Tech Report. Some of the things we discussed in the interview are: * How social media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and many others change how companies engage with customers, become more efficient, and being competitive.

Leverage the knowledge in your company by first transforming it into a process based organization

Leveraging Organizational Knowledge

I am increasingly becoming a supporter of the principle that it is more efficient and increases the chances of success to leverage organisational knowledge with a stealth approach, meaning not in a direct open way, but indirectly and without advertising it as THE objective. The less a company’s culture is conducive to knowledge sharing (see my list of corporate culture traits not conducive to knowledge sharing ) the more this principle should apply.

The Six Principles of Persuasion

Speaker: Michael Carducci, CTO, Mago:Tech

As senior tech leaders, we often fall prey to thinking that a “good idea” and logical case is sufficient to get the desired response and result. We might be trying to get our CEO on-board with investment in a new technology or a rearchitecture effort, or we might want culture or process changes by our team. Our “good idea” is simply the beginning. An idea must be communicated; a case must be made; and ultimately other people must be persuaded to get onboard. Michael Carducci brings a fascinating background to this webinar. He’s a technologist and regularly works to help senior leaders improve their results. He’s also a professional mentalist and has been a student of psychology, human behavior and the principles of influence for nearly two decades.

A systems approach to food and nutrition - Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food”

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much. These seven words make up the entirety of the “eater’s manifesto&# that is the subtitle of Michael Pollan ’s book In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto.

Mastering the Command Line


If you use *nix, no doubt you’ve spent some time on the command line. Here are a few of the most helpful tricks you can use in the bash shell to really optimize your time, impress your friends, and make everyone else feel inferior… not to mention become more productive. People familar with the command line can usually work considerably faster (for most tasks) than you can through a gui


Does Seth Godin Get It? :


You can receive instant daily updates of this blog by following @thisissethsblog. I create the tweets automatically using a service called twitterfeed. It's free and it works really well. (PS PS this is my only presence on Twitter

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Installing Git on a Shared Host


Git is a fantastic tool and is very useful for deployment. If you can’t install git system wide or don’t want to mess with installing it on the entire system here is an easy way to install it for a single user. This also works well on Mac OS X where installing git is more challenging than necessary. Script included I used this script to install git on 1and1

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Schema Evolution Patterns

Speaker: Alex Rasmussen, CEO, Bits on Disk

If you want to make your development team squirm, ask them about database schema changes or API versioning. Most development teams struggle with changing database schemas and updating API versions without breaking existing code. Alex Rasmussen is an expert in helping teams through these struggles. His talk will examine database schema changes and API versioning as two instances of schema evolution: how your systems respond when the structure of your structured data changes.

Does Seth Godin Get It?


Earlier this week Seth Godin announced his first presence on twitter with the post Delivering blogs via Twitter. You can receive instant daily updates of this blog by following @thisissethsblog. I create the tweets automatically using a service called twitterfeed. It’s free and it works really well. (PS PS this is my only presence on Twitter… I’m focused on the blog and my books, and alas can’t tweet and do that at the same time


Apple's iconic presentations


Image via CrunchBase Recently a book came out The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience. Jobs has mastered the art of presenting. I thought it would be interesting to look at his presentations over the years. Here are the three biggest announcements Apple has made. iMac (Jobs first product after returning),iPod, iPhone. Look at how his personal style has changed over the years

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No Scrum Master? No Problem - Social, Agile, and Transformation

Social, Agile and Transformation

How should Enterprises fill the Scrum Master Role? I field this question very often and especially from members of technology organizations where agile and scrum in particular is being introduced top down from Management


ABC TV interview: The future of direct selling

Trends in the Living Networks

In March I gave the opening keynote at the Direct Selling Association's conference, talking about the breadth of opportunities in the economy and the role online social networks and communication might play in the future of the industry.

Team Leadership in the Age of Agile

Speaker: Roy Osherove, Technology and Leadership Consultant

Why is implementing new frameworks, from SCRUM to self-organized teams, so much harder than understanding them? Roy Osherove has the solution. Tune in and learn to recognize what state your team is in, to support them accordingly, and to help them adopt the best practices given where they are today.

Speaking at Future Forum - creating the future of the enterprise

Trends in the Living Networks

I first met Mark McCrindle when we were both part of a small team of futures thinkers engaged by a major bank for its innovation program. His company McCrindle Research provides a variety of research services focused on generational change.

Social Media Strategy Framework in Korean - ????? ?? ?????

Trends in the Living Networks

And one more! continuing our series of translations of Social Media Strategy Framework , today we are launching the Korean edition. See the original post for the full overview of the Social Media Strategy Framework in English and compilation of the framework in 11 different languages.

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What robots.txt tells you about corporate culture - the case study of Nike and Adidas

Trends in the Living Networks

Even if you are not a technical person, you may have heard about the apparently arcane robots.txt file which sits on websites but is seen only by computers, not by human visitors. The file contains instructions for search engines on what they can and cannot index and make searchable. Note that in the examples below # indicates a comment line that is not read by the computer; the other lines provide specific instructions to allow or disallow access to search engines.

The top 10 blogs for small to mid-sized businesses

Trends in the Living Networks

Blog search engine Technorati recently revised its blog ranking algorithms and created categories for the rankings. The list of the top 10 blogs for small business provides an excellent resource for attendees of our SME Technology Summit in Sydney on 1 December, where there will be deep insights into all of the topics covered by these blogs. Many of these blogs are for businesses of all sizes, but all of them provide valuable insights for small to mid-sized businesses. Check them out!

Architect Your Organization for Effectiveness, Productivity, and Joy

Speaker: Ron Lichty, Consultant: Interim VP Engineering, Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc.

As a senior software leader, you likely spend more time working on the architecture of your systems than the architecture of your organization. Yet, structuring our teams and organizations is a critical factor for success. In fact, the impact of software architecture parallels the impact of organizational structure. We are excited to welcome Ron Lichty, co-author of a seminal book on managing software teams and a well-known speaker, he’ll speak to organizing for effectiveness, productivity and joy.

Six ways technology is transforming small business

Trends in the Living Networks

This article was written to frame The Insight Exchange's SME Technology Summit in Sydney on December 1 - while many of the references are to Australia the issues apply globally. Small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) are taking a larger share of the business pie, and increasingly driving economic growth. This is one of the most important trends in business today, and one that will shape the next decade of business, work and society.

Agency co-creation: very hard to make it work but that's where the most value lies

Trends in the Living Networks

There's a great article in the latest issue of B&T Today on how Westpac, one of Australia's big four banks, is approaching working with its advertising and creative agencies. Here are a few choice excerpts from the article, which is well worth a read in its entirety. Jee Moon, director of brand and marketing at Westpac [said] that an agency roster based on co-creation, not simply collaboration, is key to establishing and maintaining a strong brand identity.

The next big market after ringtones: Download a new car engine sound

Trends in the Living Networks

The inimitable Richard Watson has come up with what just might be a big (and unanticipated) market: car engine sound downloads. Richard's fantastic bulletins are now openly available after long being a subscription-only service, used by many of the leading creative agencies around the world. To read the latest issue, go to and click on the Orange "Current Issue" button at the top left to read the latest bulletin.

The rapidly building wave of online outsourcing and crowdsourcing

Trends in the Living Networks

The Age today has an interesting article titled Outsourcing on steroids that looks at the array of online technologies that are enabling the outsourcing of small tasks and the crowdsourcing of design, innovation, and other key business functions. I've noticed that in just the last few weeks mainstream media coverage of online service exchanges and crowdsourcing tools is picking up. As the article in the The Age concludes, "it’s certain crowd sourcing is a key business trend for the future".

Best Practices for Micro-Services Management, Traceability and Visualization

Speaker: Robert Starmer, Cloud Advisor, Founding Partner at Kumulus Technologies

Moving to micro-services, or even working with distributed applications in a traditional environment, brings with it a host of interactions that are often difficult to understand. This session will provide an overview of service mesh, a review of the Istio service mesh itself, and dive into best practices and integration models for integrating the traceability model into a distributed application.