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Shift Happens, be ready !

I’ve found this nice Presentation on slideshare.

It gives very interesting facts, numbers about the revolution in progress.

A very good introduction to understand what is hapenning.

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Dilbert and the Feng Shui

One thing I’ve learnt during my 2 years in Singapore is how Feng Shui is important in Asia.
This week, 2 comics with Dilbert talk about Feng Shui.
Very funny, very true !




A robot-Mouse

Be patient, and watch this video.

The "mouse" first discover the labyrinth, and at the end, it needs only 4.7seconds to cross it.

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Hovercards : now seesmic functions go to twiter.com !

Twitter announced a new functionnality : the « Hovercards ».

Basically, on twitter.com, when you hover over a username or avatar; the cards will display information about that person and allow you to interact.


Very good idea !


Seesmic has implemented it several months ago in seesmic web, and it’s very useful!


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Google privacy principals : all about users, nothing about companies


Google has posted the 5 Google privacy principles.

This text, and video associated, gives the 5 rules that Google proposes to follow regarding users data privacy management.

  • 1 – Use information to provide our users with valuable products and services.
  • 2 – Develop products that reflect strong privacy standards and practices.
  • 3 – Make the collection of personal information transparent.
  • 4 – Give users meaningful choices to protect their privacy.
  • 5 – Be a responsible steward of the information we hold
  • My comments:

    1 – The first principle justify why … Google needs to gather as much personal information as possible. This is nice: “tell me all about you, it will allow me to be more relevant”. Sure.  Very people may argue that the best way to protect privacy is to avoid storing confidential datas. With this 1 principle, Google explain that they will do the opposite (store a lot of personal information), but that’s a good thing for the users. Very clever!

    2 – There’s nothing about companies. Today, Google really focus on personal users, not on company. Not a single word to explain how the privacy of the datas of company that may use Google cloud application will be managed.


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    How to succeed in a project : a good team is mandatory. Best example : Apollo 13

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    “Houston, we have a problem”.

    In my first post about project management key success factors, I’ve written about why a good start is mandatory.

    This post is about the next success key factor: the team.

    A good project manager without a good team cannot be successful. The team will be constructed during the start phase, and the job of the PM is to manage this team, to make it as efficient as possible.

    My best example about this is Apollo 13 lunar mission by NASA that was intended to land on the moon.

    During the mission, a fault in the electrical system produced an explosion which caused a loss of electrical power and failure of both oxygen tanks. This was a major failure that made the life of astronauts at risks.

    Thanks to a very good teamwork reaction, engineers finally found a solution to make the module back on earth with no damage to the men inside it.
    Why was it possible to achieve it :

    1. Commitment and involvement.
      All the people in the team are committed to succeeding, and each member is fully involved to make as much as possible to succeed.
      In the example of Apollo 13, this is, of course, the case, because lives are in danger.
    2. Competency
      Members of the team have the good technical skills to find a solution and achieve the objective.
    3. Authority and flexibility of the manager
      The team follows the manager. The manager gives the direction, he also gives people clear objectives and after let the team members opportunity to find the best way to achieve this.
    4. Self-control
      Even in a very difficult situation people do not lose self-control. If self-control is lost… nothing is possible, nothing will be solved.
    5. Creativity
      Some “impossible” solutions were found to achieve the goal. Example: how to use circle oxygen bottles on a square connector?
      This was possible because the manager assigned a team to solve this specific topic, and because the team accepted the challenge without saying … “No, it’s not possible”
    6. Luck
      Like in all good story, a piece of luck is necessary to succeed.
      In the case of Appollo 13, a sick astronaut could not make it the D-Day when the rocket took-off. Thanks to his experience, he was a key guy on the ground to find the solution to make the manual landing possible.

    If you want to check all this and be inspired, just check this film, you’ll not be disappointed.