Pokémon Go: Augmented Reality’s Big Moment.

Everyone is running into each other. People are actually hurting themselves. And the Internet is exploding. Yep, Pokémon Go is giving Augmented Reality (AR) its big moment.

This is how disruptions in technology often happen: a technology is developed to serve a niche market, until it hits an inflection point and achieves mass appeal. It’s so common there’s an entire hype cycle built to document it. And then it gets old (I know I’m tired of hearing about the “Uber of X” phenomena).

Should You Start Your Own Business?

This is posted over on LinkedIn Pulse. I was lucky enough to be part of a young, small business in the days before the word startup became ubiquitous for the new entrepreneur. Hyperspace Cowgirls was a video game development company focused on the niche market of children’s (and primarily girl’s) games. I lucked into my […]

Living and Working in the Age of Distraction

This weekend the Metropolitan Museum extended their opening hours for visitors to see the Costume Institute’s blockbuster show about Chinese-inspired fashion, China: Through the Looking Glass. I’ve been wanting to see the show since it opened but never seemed to be able to make the time to check it out, so I was excited about […]

Not Everyone Should Be A Manager

This was posted on LinkedIn Pulse a few days ago but wanted it to have a home here as well. In the modern conception of work, we are incentivized to climb a career ladder where we gain increased responsibilities, higher pay, and ultimately enter into management. This pathway means that for many people they move […]

Four Terms of Endearment

Having worked in media and digital since the mid 90s – first in video post production, then video game producing, business analysis for websites, and more latterly as a project and program manager – I’ve seen the invention of countless processes and terms and missions and core beliefs and strategies that have been proclaimed THE MOST IMPORTANT THING EVER. I’ve been thinking lately about four of these, which are a bit all over the map in terms of type, and wondering about why they are misused or misunderstood so often. In an effort to see where my understanding sits with others, I’ve composed a short list of observations about terms that I encounter frequently. There are only four in this list, but there are many more that I’ll be thinking about in the weeks to come.

Personalization of Process Management

Over the past two years I’ve had exposure to a lot of different approaches to project management, and in my more recent leadership roles I’ve been thinking a lot about how poorly many projects are managed. Much of what seems to fuel the poor approaches to project management I’ve seen is an over zealous adoption of outmoded […]

Review: The Professional ScrumMaster’s Handbook

Whether you are new to Agile methodologies or a seasoned pro, Stacia Viscardi’s new book, The Professional ScrumMaster’s Handbook  is an essential reference resource. I had the privilege of undergoing a two-day CSM training with Stacia while I was at Razorfish and was impressed with her approach to teaching and with the methodology itself. I liked […]