[FoRK] Personal update, book ref, fun quote, and (of course)political tangent

Meltsner, Kenneth Kenneth.Meltsner at ca.com
Wed Oct 13 11:48:57 PDT 2004


"Don't Get Too Good At What You Don't Like Doing."
 
>From Rick Catell's talk on "Things I Wish I Learned in Engineering
School":

http://wean1.ulib.org/cgi-bin/meta-vid.pl?target=Lectures/Distinguished%
20Lectures/2000

Other rules/slides:

00:00:01 | Speaker Introduction
00:01:37 | Things I Wish I Learned in Engineering School
00:03:08 | Why I'm Giving This Talk
00:04:11 | Where I'm Coming From
00:05:54 | 20 Principles in 4 Categories
00:06:43 | Almost All Organizations Try To Do Too Many Things
00:09:37 | 1% of Leaders are Responsible for Most Successes
00:12:37 | A Suboptimal Decision is Almost Always Better Than None
00:15:18 | Trust In An Organization Is Inversely Proportional To
Distance
00:16:15 | Engineers Follow the Leader
00:17:58 | Organizations are Self-Preserving
00:19:30 | Taylor's Law
00:20:45 | Lampson's Law
00:23:02 | Joy's Law
00:24:46 | Wonderfulness Follows a Fine Wave through Release Cycles
00:25:49 | You Have To Sell Your Ideas
00:27:33 | Don't Base a Risky Project On Another Risky One
00:29:50 | Know Your Customer
00:31:50 | Being First Is More Important Than Being Best
00:34:28 | Catch the Wave Of New Markets and Technologies
00:35:41 | Kannegaard's Law
00:38:23 | Focus on the Achievable, Not the Impossible or Inevitable
00:41:39 | Sutherland's Law
00:43:08 | Don't Get Too Good At What You Don't Like Doing
00:44:13 | It's Worth Taking Time To Increase Your Effectiveness
00:46:52 | Schmidt's Law
00:49:04 | Quiz: Startup Companies
00:51:31 | Bruce Nelson on Startups



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