Yes, it's true. Four months is too long to go without posting a blog entry. And, being beyond busy is no excuse. Just look at all the professionals in our field who fill the pages of this site with their thoughts and experiences. They can manage it just fine! So, to get back into the swing of things, I'll spend this entry catching you up a bit with the role collaborative technologies and collaboration in general have played in my life from the last entry until now.
First, did I say I was busy? Well, back in January, I parted ways with IEEE to try consulting and freelance writing. I've published three articles since then in EE Times (will say more about the third article later in this entry) and several in IEEE-USA's Today's Engineer. The first two articles had very little to say about collaboration. The first two EE Times stories were on the political implications of the H1-B program and its violators, and on the differences between the brain of someone who is ideally suited to become an engineer and someone who is not.
While the stories themselves did not deal directly with the concept of collaboration, they did require a lot of collaboration between the reporter (me) and the many experts in their fields who were interviewed. The interviewee must be able to trust that the journalist will not misquote them or emphasize a point incorrectly. The journalist must have respect for the interviewee and research his or her work prior to the interview so as not to talk "blindly" with that person and waste his or her time. In most cases, I have great admiration for the people I interview, and wind up reading reams of research in order to better understand their work as well as my article's subject.
For the third story on distributed engineering, I again sought leaders in the field as well as in the field of collaboration itself. I hit up some of our fellow Collaboration Loop bloggers, and had the pleasure of interviewing Jonathan Spira and David Coleman. In fact, I asked Jonathan if he would write the sidebar on collaborative engineering tools because contractually speaking, I can't at the moment. I can write about the concept of collaboration, but tools are off my agenda due to a non-compete agreement with one of my clients.
But that worked out very well and you can read my article, "Global Teams Rock Around the Clock" at EE Times site.
Please let me know what you think.
Not to sway you in any way, but one of my favorite quotes is the one that closes the article by David Coleman. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.
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