May 2006 Archives

The importance of being good
Starbucks is pulling CD burning stations from their stores. That says something interesting about their brand.
May 25, 2006 - 489 words, 9 comments

Hosting reviews: pay to play
Dreamhost’s blog has an expose of the pay-to-play schemes used by "independant" hosting review sites....
May 23, 2006 - 37 words,

It's the network
Jeff Jarvis has been promoting the idea of an open ad marketplace. His latest piece...
May 22, 2006 - 29 words,

Motivation
Create a custom motivational poster for free. Buy a hi-res version for $1. I just...
May 20, 2006 - 18 words,

714
Why couldn’t he have done this yesterday when I was there....
May 20, 2006 - 11 words,

Co-founders
Why you’d want a co-founder for your startup and how to find them....
May 20, 2006 - 13 words,

Startup Starts
Niall Kennedy has transcripts, slides, and summaries from a recent Mark Fletcher talk on starting...
May 20, 2006 - 17 words,

Because I'm a rockstar, that's why
While it may be better to be lucky than good, it’s certainly better to have...
May 18, 2006 - 22 words,

Policy scars
37signals says that policies are like scar tissue: they’re created as an overreaction to a...
May 17, 2006 - 28 words, 1 comment

XML, mutliple encodings, and PHP
A clever way to deal with XML files containing lots of encodings (like RSS feeds)...
May 17, 2006 - 17 words,

Autodiscovery of hierarchies through tagging
Some thoughts on placing documents into a taxonomy by analyzing folksonomies surrounding the document.
May 16, 2006 - 482 words, 1 comment

Hot Brie and Pesto Dip
A great appetizer recipe from a local winery.
May 16, 2006 - 108 words, 2 comments

Calendar creator
Create simple printable calendars from your digital photos. Try the very cool CD case desk...
May 16, 2006 - 16 words,

Digital returns
A tip on how to make your digital camera easier to return to its rightful owner.
May 15, 2006 - 168 words, 4 comments

Technorati quick fix
Technorati makes quick work of a site bug
May 12, 2006 - 77 words, 1 comment

Home Depot: Excellent customer service
A simple call for information results in a very pleasant experience.
May 11, 2006 - 181 words, 74 comments

Chinese Math
If you think all you need is 3% of your market to break even, you’d...
May 9, 2006 - 20 words,

Open ad marketplace
Jeff Jarvis’s column in AdAge gives more detail about his idea for an open ad...
May 9, 2006 - 16 words,

Home run records
Think Barry Bonds should have an asterisk in the record book because his record might...
May 9, 2006 - 54 words, 1 comment

2006 Whaton Business plan winners
Knowledge@Wharton has a summary of the 2006 business plan competion, the eight finalists, and the...
May 8, 2006 - 16 words,

Yahoo ad improvements
Shortly Yahoo will be rolling out improvements to the contextual ad engine that powers their...
May 8, 2006 - 32 words,

Relax your policies
Create overly-restrictive policies that assume your customers are bad people and you’ll end up treating al lyour customers like they’re bad people.
May 8, 2006 - 125 words,

Andy Griffith on simplicity
Just do what’s needed and no more. Andy Griffith has a lesson in simplicity for...
May 5, 2006 - 16 words,

Email hoax breaker
Most people I know have stopped sending me email chain letters because they’ve gotten sick...
May 5, 2006 - 38 words,

Simplelinks changes
Some changes in how I post links might make for some weirdness in feed readers for a bit.
May 5, 2006 - 181 words,

Retail tagging
An interesting idea for retailers who want to implement tagging—autotag your products to...
May 5, 2006 - 34 words,

Personal branding
Rajesh Setty has a free ebook to imrpove the personal brand of tech professionals. That...
May 5, 2006 - 33 words, 1 comment

Best buy madness
Improv Everywhere sent 80 people in khakis and royal blue shirts to hang out in...
May 5, 2006 - 21 words,

Hasbro instructions
While looking for a link to The Inventors game, I discovered that Hasbro has an...
May 5, 2006 - 33 words,

Google Alerts Hack: Atom or RSS feeds
Want to get a feed that’s updated every time Google finds a new page for your search term?
May 2, 2006 - 300 words, 5 comments

Recently

Assumptions and project planning (Feb 18)
When your assumptions change, it's reasonable that your project plans and needs change as well. But too many managers are afraid to go back and re-work a plan that they've already agreed to.
Feature voting is harmful to your product (Feb 7)
There's a lot of problems with using feature voting to drive your product.
Encouraging 1:1s from other managers in your organization (Jan 4)
If you’re managing other managers, encourage them to hold their own 1:1s. It’s such an important tool for managing and leading that everyone needs to be holding them.
One on One Meetings - a collection of posts about 1:1s (Jan 2)
A collection of all my writing on 1:1s
Are 1:1s confidential? (Jan 2)
Is the discussion that occurs in a 1:1 confidential, even if no agreed in the meeting to keep it so?
Skip-level 1:1s are your hidden superpower (Jan 1)
Holding 1:1s with peers and with people far below you on the reporting chain will open your eyes up to what’s really going on in your business.
Do you need a 1:1 if you’re regularly communicating with your team? (Dec 28)
You’re simply not having deep meaningful conversation about the process of work in hallway conversations or in your chat apps.
What agenda items should a manager bring to a 1:1? (Dec 23)
At least 80% of a 1:1 agenda should be driven by your report, but if you also to use this time to work on things with them, then you’ll have better meetings.

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