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Managing Multiple Clients on Different Messaging Apps

info_overloadI deal with a lot of different clients on a daily basis. It is a bit of a chore to figure out how to tie together their different messaging apps in order to interact with them and be alerted of any needs or emergencies.

The Problem

Most clients nowadays use either Slack, HipChat, Google Hangouts, and Skype. With Slack and HipChat being most popular in my regards. The main issue I have is that I use Linux and the Slack web interface is a resource hog and can only monitor one client at a time. Whichever one is loaded at the time. The HipChat web interface is a bit lighter but the same issue persists as with Slack.

The Solution

Luckily with Slack you can enable either (or both) XMPP and IRC. With HipChat you can only enable XMPP.

For Slack you go to Admin Settings and enable both or your choice:

Admin Settings | Tarnover Slack 2016-07-21 12-52-29

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Patent Trolls and Their Effect on Technological Acceleration

I spend a good deal of time monitoring trends in patents and patent applications. Along with reading most any news articles related to patents. They can be a good gauge to determine future technological convergences and rates at which GNR is accelerating. More recently in the news there is much discussion of “defensive patents” and patent trolls who do not invent anything. They just own a lot of patent rights and make money by suing (or threatening to sue) startups and companies creating new technologies that may fall under their broad patents.

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Killing Innovation Revisited

A few posts ago I wrote about How Management Kills Innovation and wanted to touch upon this concept a little more.

I have been compiling some notes on ways to foster innovation and help turn around the lack of innovation in companies I have seen first-hand. This is a working copy basically that I will add to and tweak as needed:

  • Have no more than 3 governing rules for a team
  • Follow the Lean Startup ideas of Build -> Measure -> Learn and repeat
  • Create an environment of experimentation
  • 6 people tops per team
  • Do not keep teams in a vacuum
  • Promote cross-pollination between teams (openly share ideas free of fear)
  • Customers decide on what the MVP is not the stake holders. Double down on what the customer wants and uses. Drop the rest.
  • Ask the right questions (don’t put the answer before the question)
  • NEVER allow process over innovation!
  • Remove barriers to teams getting new products/features
  • Individuals don’t build great companies, teams do
  • 98% of meetings are a waste of time
  • Just in time not just in case.