Fantastic TED talk about technology, social media and impact on relationships: Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?
Archive for the ‘Working’ Category
Following up on the last link, here is an interesting article about salaries and scarcity of good engineers.
It is pretty cool to see my product in a company press release:
It seems to me that there is a growing trend away from the office/desk/workstation and toward the laptop/work from anywhere metaphor. I do both. Most of my development work is at a desk with large monitors, full keyboards, etc. But then I’ll take my laptop and work from the couch, Starbucks, or pretty much anywhere. I like both. But I am seeing a growing number of instances where people are preferring the mobile space for work that might otherwise be done at a desk. That got me thinking: if I wanted to, could I go entirely nomadic? Could I work without an office and desk? I probably could, but I don’t want to. I don’t think I would be as productive. For some tasks, I like working at Starbucks or Panera or from the couch. If I have a lot of little things to do, a bunch of emails to respond to, thinking and planning, and those sorts of things, I like to be in a coffee shop with the buzz of conversations. But it is not immersive enough for development. It is hard to get in a zone. The workstation with large monitors on a desk, preferably in an office with a door is the best place to write code. And so for now, I will remain only a partially nomadic developer.
Interesting article on Wired.com.
Incidentally, it is the third or fourth time in the past few weeks that I have come across a reference to the new book by Susan Cain: Quiet. Looking forward to reading that.
A few months ago I stopped posting updates on my Facebook page. Recently I’ve found that I have stopped reading other people’s updates as well. It used to be that I kept up on a daily basis. Now I might check in once every week or two. This trend was not a result of any intentional decision that I made. It just happened. So I asked myself why?
When I started using Facebook, by network was fairly small and limited to a few friends and family. My network is not large by most accounts. But it is diverse and large enough that I feel the need to filter everything I say. I worry that I will offend someone or be misunderstood. And to be completely honest, I worry that I will say something that will not be of interest, even to my Mom.
It seems to me that a social network is useful when there is something shared between members of the network. Maybe it is a topic of interest or some other point of mutuality. My Facebook network no longer has that. Even ‘I’ am not a point of commonality for everyone in my network. There are some people who I added as a ‘Friend’ who are not really friends in any way. They may have been a friend of a friend or a casual acquaintance. So even ‘I’ am not a subject of interest to some of the people in the network. I’m not trying to be self-deprecating; just analytical.
My company has adopted Salesforce Chatter as a corporate social networking platform. I’m not sure that calling it a social network is correct. But it starts to look a lot like that–but for work-related discussions. And since discussions are about the company’s business there will always be at least one point in common for members of the network. And that point of commonality makes the network useful if not interesting. When I consider Linked-in, this also holds true. Linked-in is a network for professional job-search related networking. Maybe the lesson here is that a network with a narrow focus is more useful than a broad network with no particular focus.
I’ve tried Google + with the idea of circles. Maybe the idea of circles is what is needed to allow a large network to be separated into groups. But I wonder if that metaphor will be adopted by a enough people to take root. Maybe the solution for me is to un-friend people and reduce my Facebook network to a much smaller group of friends. Maybe the solution will be some kind of social network aggregator that will do some really smart filtering. I don’t think social networking is going away, but I think it will continue to evolve. I think it will look very different in a few years.
For the past week I have been using Trello for some lightweight project management tasks. I love how easy it is to use. And the user interface is a great example of what Web 2.0 is all about.
MDeverywhere (the company I work for) made the Inc 500/5000 list of fastest growing companies this year. Pretty cool. There are growing pains associated with being part of a company that is growing quickly. But that is still better than the alternative.
Interesting thoughts about the future of IT: