The Oaks Ignore Their Pleas

8 Friday Musings

Posted in General by Jeff Graves on October 25, 2013

As the weekend approaches, I’d thought I’d note a few of the random things that have been floating around my head this week…

  • Product Management isn’t just managing demand, it’s thinking strategically, setting out a vision for a product and planning to execute on that vision.  Sometimes, I think people get overwhelmed by demand and end up focusing all their energy there – not good.
  • The Red Sox looked great in Game 1, and a little shaky at times (see: the seventh inning) in Game 2.  As much as I would have loved to see them continue their World Series win streak, this is shaping up to be a great series.
  • Fall in New England is such a nice time, but it’s flying by way too fast, and its really starting to get cold during the day.  Might need to break out the overcoat.
  • I need a haircut, and I’m way overdue.  Put that at the top of the weekend “to do” list.
  • Real project management is really hard, and sometimes it’s about exposing little issues and delays before they become big issues and delays.  That takes courage in a lot of organizations, though and it’s a shame if that’s the case, because it doesn’t help anyone be successful.
  • I really enjoy the process of design, and I’m amazed by people who do it really well.  For me, anyhow, this is a skill / talent that needs a lot of nurturing and development.
  • Our education system today doesn’t focus enough of solving problems – it’s all about remembering facts and methodologies.  I think actual computer coding should be required in public schools starting in 1st grade – there are plenty of tools to make that fun and accessible for kids, and it teaches invaluable problem solving skills.  Plus, it positions kids for the world they’ll inherit.
  • The world is a different place than it was when I was growing up, but kids and teachers should never be in danger in school.  Rest in Peace, Colleen Ritzer.
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