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Post-Rock Star Teams 

Valerie Aurora, Mary Gardiner, and Leigh Honeywell have co-authored a great blog post "No more rock stars: how to stop abuse in tech communities". The article is primarily about supporting women, but it's also a great read on making more supportive, collaborative, creative teams. It's probably worth taking another look at Godin's Linchpin with ideas …

Posted 15 months ago by

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I wanted to be Todd Howard 

When I was 15 years old, I definitely wanted to be Todd Howard: On November 10, Howard’s latest project arrived like a thunderclap: Fallout 4 is the biggest game his team has ever made, a Skyrim-sized post-nuclear world brimming with more than 100,000 lines of spoken dialogue, coupled to a mammoth crafting system fed by all those wasteland odds …

Posted 21 months ago by

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Steve Stoute’s Ideas 

Translation Ad Agency’s Chief, on Setting a Belief System - NYTimes.com. I enjoyed this interview, and appreciated Stoute's thoughts on organizational leadership.

Posted 66 months ago by

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Why work does happen at work 

In his talk "Why work doesn't happen at work," Jason Fried criticizes what he calls "M&M's": managers and meetings. But is his harsh attitude justified and/or helpful? For workers in really toxic environments, I'm sure this is refreshing stuff. He says, (and I'm paraphrasing) "Managers just preside over work, so they like to call meetings to …

Posted 79 months ago by

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Design Process Essentials 

What do you value in a design process? At EdLab, our teams often have great latitude in structuring our design processes – indeed, we can change almost every aspect of project management, from inception to final outcomes (and ongoing documentation and reporting). As a consequence, the teams I am a part of – creating diverse …

Posted 86 months ago by

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Taking responsibility for the impact of software 

Here's Steve Jobs, from a recent email thread with Gawker's Ryan Tate: Do you create anything, or just criticize others (sic) work and belittle their motivations? This last missive from Job's is a nice rejoinder from a back-and-forth with Tate about Apple's iPad platform (and related technologies). And if you don't look too closely, you …

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Pens as social tools for classrooms 

Tino Agnitti, the founder of IRPens.com, gave a seminar presentation about his entrepreneurial experiences today at EdLab. I really enjoyed his keen insight into his current work, ideas, and past experiences working on projects. He told his story of starting a business around the "IR Pen," which is significant for the EdLab since it's a …

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