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Is it faux agile or just uninspired?

I remember the first time it happened to me. I’d been an agile developer for less than a year. We were having our morning stand-up, and something felt off. The room was oddly crowded. The scrum master was having a heated discussion with a developer....
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How To Make Pseudo-controversial Changes

On the subject of making pseudo-controversial changes to classic Marvel characters, [Marvel’s Senior Vice President David] Gabriel added that internet outrage is never a good indicator of what actual comic book readers and fans want. “The first thing we do is watch the sales. If...
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Experts Really Know Nothing

What’s the worst advice you ever got? Listen to what your boss tells you. My boss never liked the idea of Spider-Man. He didn’t want to do it. I had to sneak Spider-Man into another book, over my boss’s head. Experts really know nothing. Stan Lee...
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Puttting Management On Autopilot

“Tesla is consistently introducing enhancements proven over millions of miles of internal testing to ensure that drivers supported by Autopilot remain safer than those operating without assistance,” the company said in a July 14 response. “We will continue to develop, validate, and release those enhancements...
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Lessons Learned From The Elizabeth Holmes Ban

The cause of [Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)] considering a ban as the result of investigations by federal regulators of how Theranos clinical business operates, may be summed up by a series of the following headlines in a long 33-page letter CMS sent...
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It Won’t Work It Can’t Be Done

Can't be done won't work
Carole Rogin, president of the Hearing Industries Association, a trade group. She says the White House panel, which is made up of academics and business executives — including Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet, the holding company for Google—is approaching the problem of undertreated hearing...
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Tackling The Hard Truth

Tackling The Hard Truth
Following the Sept. 11 attacks, a consensus emerged that cockpit doors should be reinforced and fitted with elaborate locks. This was an eminently sensible idea. Then last year, a pilot named Andreas Lubitz boarded Germanwings Flight 9525. When his captain left the cockpit, Lubitz locked...
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The Have-It-All Feel-Good Machine

The Have It All Feel Good Machine
You often leave with a rosy glow, a sense of resolve, and a commitment to do more, for other women and for yourself.  But then you return to your desk, probably next to a higher-paid male co-worker, and the old, familiar malaise sets in.  There...
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Winning The Bureaucracy Game

Winning The Bureaucracy Game
During a college job at an Air Force weapons lab in New Mexico, [Robert Mercer, co-CEO Renaissance Technologies] says, he found a life’s calling. “I loved everything about computers,” he said. “I Loved the solitude of the computer lab late at night. I loved the...
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How To Manage A Chaos Machine

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They assumed that, if a project was intensely and minutely planned, everything would naturally and inevitably proceed in an orderly and deterministic way.  … And when projects did go off the rails, their response was to stop everything and replan. Sometimes that works, but sometimes...
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Why Our Innovations Fail Us

Why Our Innovations Fail Us
Yet the media telling of the story makes it sound as if ideation—the creation of ideas—is 90% of the work of innovation. Ideation has produced many inventions that never became innovations because no one adopted them. Many people are misled by stories that inaccurately equate...
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Lessons Learned From The California Drought

Lessons Learned From the Caifornia Drought
California captures enough water each year to meet all its needs if it operates efficiently — a big if. … “There’s learning, information sharing, creativity, and discovery.” The drought is speeding up the process. “What causes change more than anything is crisis,” Thomas Howard, executive...
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