“What should I do?”

If you desperately need a job, you are just another problem for a boss; if you can solve many of the problems the boss has right now, you are hired. To be hired, think like your boss. Kevin Kelly – 68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice A hierarchy of task-related competence and maturity: We have opposite intentions. I will not do…

Some questions

Who for? Who will you serve? What do you think they need, what do they want, and what story will you tell to align the two with what you offer? What contextual factors and wider systems do you need to take into account? How far? Which pieces of the puzzle will you take responsibility for? What will you do to…

Contextualising best practice: one size does not fit all

Here’s another example of how “best practice” is context dependent, this time in responses to the Covid-19 crisis: What’s the point? The point – especially for those working with poor or marginalised communities – is that standard “best practice” from other contexts is unlikely to transfer directly to where you’re working. Education, health services, housing policy and politics don’t occur…

New tools for your industry

We’re beginning to penetrate architecture and engineering and the auto design world and aerospace and other markets where they need extremely high fidelity tools. So we can take things that might have taken hours or days to render and do it in 1/60th of a second. Things that were a solo experience as a social experience. Things that don’t move…

John Riccitiello on technological changes in video games and the power of platforms

A decade or two ago all games were 2D because you couldn’t power a 3D game. You couldn’t do online gaming: you couldn’t connect to another live player. And for the most part you were strapped to a device cparked under your TV or to a large desktop PC. That’s not true any longer. Networks work better than they’ve ever…

I’d rather be

If you’d rather be doing something else, please go and do it. You are more useful there than here. But if you really would rather be, say, drinking beer, you probably could be. Which means that actually you’ve chosen to do this instead. So maybe you mean “Drinking beer is more immediately pleasurable than this, but instead I choose to…

In the frame / boxing clever

We always live with constraints: A bad boss (perhaps the world’s worst); A stifling bureaucracy; A chaotic lack of structure; Incompetent managers; Bungling colleagues; Crippling technical debt on key products; An overwhelming to do list; Limited time or energy; Poor quality tools; A team that’s too small; A team that’s too big; A shortage of champions for your work and…

Vitalstatistix: 5000+

Yesterday (7th May 2020) DriverlessCroc hit 5,002 views, not counting views via email or from RSS readers. The last thousand views (from 3,000 views on 14th November 2019 to 4,000 views on 25th February 2020) took 103 days at 9.7 views per day. The most recent thousand took 73 days at 13.7 views per day. In November I speculated that…

Use it or lose it

In this time of change, what skills and processes are you and your team using more than you used to? What have you stopped doing? If any of the things you’ve stopped doing are going to be important when things go forward (not back) to (the new) normal, find ways to start doing them again. If it’s impossible to do…

Clifford Ashley on folk art and reading as rivals

This long extract from the (fascinating) Ashley Book of Knots (1944) is an excellent of example of the variety of influences and incentives (economic, technological, social) at play in the development (or loss) of particular skills or art-forms. Ashley’s describes changes in literacy and the culture of knot-making in response to shifts in the wider ecosystem. It’s a reminder of…