I will start by saying that this blog is going to be a bit different. You might have already guessed that by the title. The other day I watched a TED Talk by Girls Who Code Founder & CEO Reshma Saujani. If you are unfamiliar with TED Talk, it is a non-profit organization that spreads worthy ideas. While I find something to take away from many of the talks, this on...
As a technologist, I think that is important to have checks and balances to avoid over-engineering solutions. It’s easy to fall into the trap of overthinking a solution. Every technologist does it at least once in their career. Ok, probably more than once. The reason this happens, in my opinion, is that we get excited over solving the problem. We marry that excitement with the tools and techniques that we’ve been amassing in our toolbox. From there we end up with the greatest solution ever made, for the moment, at least in our minds. We go on believing that until the someone, usually the client, says, “Its too complicated”.
In time management, project management and the like where tasks and commitments are generated there is a need for a tool or process to keep track of them. Many, myself included, write about creating and managing to do lists.
So with all this gathering, listing and prioritizing you probably end up with a pretty hefty list. Now what if you want to enlist help getting these items done? What if you are constantly mobile? And what if your team is virtual? So how do you get that list down?
I saw this and I had to tell you about it. I enjoy old movies and spy novels, so to think that they could be behind some of the technologies that are apart of our everyday lives is fascinating to me. What I also like is that brains and beauty don't have to be mutually exclusive - they can come in the same package. Please take a few minutes to read this article from Today I Found Out about how 1940s'screen star Hedy Lamarr and her "Secret Communication System" influenced wireless communications in the article, How One of the Most Beautiful Women in 1940s' Hollywood Helped Make Certain Wireless Technologies Possible.