Procore on the Value of Big Data Analysis

Socrates is alleged to have asked the possibly rhetorical question, "Is the unexamined life worth living?" One might ask the same question of data — Is unexamined data worth storing? Procore, purveyors of fine construction software, recently touched on the topic of the value of data analysis on their Jobsite blog. Duane Craig identifies "5 … Continue reading Procore on the Value of Big Data Analysis

What is Agile project management, and why would I want that?

Agile (with a capital "A") project management is a set of practices for moving complex projects along as efficiently as possible, with the primary goal of meeting customer needs through continuous innovation. It is also a practice I've used on multiple occasions in a variety of contexts, and I'll be honest — there is a … Continue reading What is Agile project management, and why would I want that?

An unlikely, yet completely authentic business manifesto: Let My People Go Surfing

Patagonia is a company I first learned about through my high school government teacher, who happened to have been a longtime friend of the founder of the company. The two had shared many adventures backpacking and hiking in remote locations over the years, and as my teacher at the time shared, the company's image as … Continue reading An unlikely, yet completely authentic business manifesto: Let My People Go Surfing

Has Zappos finally jumped the shark with its wacky management practices?

I am afraid that I must agree with Steve Tobak on his bewilderment over Zappos' bizarre experiment in business management known as Holacracy: Here’s what I don’t get. How can a system be billed as a self-governing and non-hierarchical democratized version of the corporation when, in practice, it’s actually the most rigid, tedious, bureaucratic, and … Continue reading Has Zappos finally jumped the shark with its wacky management practices?

Did Virgin Galactic’s business model (or lack thereof) contribute to failed test flight?

A horrible, yet somewhat unsurprising tragedy occurred last week when Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashed during a test flight, killing one of two pilots. Coincidentally, another commercial space mission ended in a fireball when an unmanned Orbital Sciences rocket experienced problems during launch just days before. Clearly, the commercial space industry is going to be spending … Continue reading Did Virgin Galactic’s business model (or lack thereof) contribute to failed test flight?