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The IT Department should know about the Company’s Strategy

Bryan Neider, COO of Electronic Arts Labels (the world’s third-largest gaming company by revenue after Nintendo and Activision Blizzard), explains why it’s critical for their business that IT understands the challenges the company is facing. The biggest challenge for the IT shop is that demand is usually greater than the ability to deliver on that demand. So you need tools that allow the organization to prioritize certain technology suites—within budget constraints and within the scope of what teams can actually develop and implement. Read more...

RIP, Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swarts, founder of Reddit, programmer, coauthor of the RSS 1.0 spec at the age of 14, writer, political organizer, and Internet activist, commited suicide on January 11 at the age of 26. Cory Doctorow posted an eulogy about him. (…) here’s a thing that I do wonder about this morning, and that I hope you’ll think about, too. I don’t know for sure whether Aaron understood that any of us, any of his friends, would have taken a call from him at any hour of the day or night. Read more...

Recommended Readings for 2013: Magazines and Newsletters

Thanks to the low barriers to publishing on the Internet, it is becoming increasingly difficult to spot good quality content. Here are some links to to magazines or newsletters with good content for anybody with a management position. If you must choose only one, I recommend The Economist. The Economist. Weekly magazine about world news, politics, economics, business and finance. A free newsletter is available if you want a taste of their content before subscribing. Read more...
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People don’t buy what you do, people buy why you do it

Thanks to a friend, I recently rediscovered Simon Sinek’s talk How great leaders inspire action. Sinek explains a pattern inspiring leaders and organizations follow when communicating ideas, which he calls the golden circle. Great leaders don’t talk about what they are doing, but about why they do it. Why? How? What? This little idea explains why some organizations and some leaders are able to inspire where others aren’t. (…) Every single person, every single organization on the planet knows what they do, 100 percent. Read more...
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Selected Articles for 2013-01-28

Dan Shipper (of Firefly, a screen sharing application) writes on his blog about product design and sales, after a meeting with Jason Fried. The only two people who can give you real feedback about your product are people who just purchased it and people who just canceled. We are all artists now, by Seth Godin. “We built this world for you. Not so you would watch more online videos, keep up on your feeds, and LOL with your high school friends. Read more...