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Career Advice From The Future

How to start a revolution at work by flattening the org, taking part in hackathons, and listening to rap music.

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Stratustician
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11/23/2013 | 7:20:37 PM
Hackathons and rocking the boat
I'm glad to see more people pushing for new ways of doing things.  This is just like the movement to DevOps, flatten the hierarchy, remove the politics and processes that kill any chance of momentum.  This has never been more true than now with the speed that cloud has added to the way we do things. Sure the executive leadership teams were good at building up companies, but as we all know, these old ways of doing things are just not effective when it comes to driving innovation.  

Not sure about the rap music thing, if you ask me, the IT industry is powered by electro.
Wendy Schuchart
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11/22/2013 | 11:32:18 AM
Abbie Hoffman/Tiananmen Square tank guy
Abbie Hoffman's death AND Tiananemen Square's tank man both happened in 1989, interestingly enough. 

Great points about a little bit of disobedience inspiring greatness. Corporate America needs more of this kind of thinking. Well said!
Lorna Garey
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11/19/2013 | 5:05:20 PM
Re: Hackathons
Too bad Obama didn't hold a hackathon to develop the official ACA site ...
TerryB
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11/19/2013 | 2:13:49 PM
Agile
The middle finger of methodologies. Coverlet, you rock. Keep them coming.
Whoopty
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11/19/2013 | 11:24:36 AM
Fast Times
All I kept thinking at the middle manager introduction was:

Look at you: member of the honor roll, assistant to the assistant manager of the movie theater. I'm tellin' ya, Rat, if this girl can't smell your qualifications, then who needs her, right?

On a more on-topic note, dealing with management structures makes me glad I'm a freelancer. 

 
philhclark
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11/19/2013 | 10:55:12 AM
Re: Hackathons
Spot on Rob. impose structures, corporate buzzwords and insist on defined outputs renders such exercises useless.

there's a great book I'm reading at the minute by Euan Semple called Organisations don't Tweet people do which addresses the culture needed to drive the changes needed in IT and pretty much any field in business. he delves under the buzzwords to examine what it really takes to execute this, from starting to small, allowing mistakes and not imposing a grand plan all the time.
RobPreston
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11/19/2013 | 10:10:31 AM
Hackathons
Coverlet's observation about hackathons -- that senior management may "see the success and excitement and suggest a soulless alternative" -- reminds me of some of the innovation contests and rallies companies hold. Once you cap the fun and energy by layering on too much structure, you defeat the whole purpose.

 
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