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Comment: Re:Two Flavors (Score 1) 249

by sumergo (#45850965) Attached to: Do Non-Technical Managers Add Value?
As an old fart project manager with a software development/UX/Business analysis background who hasn't coded for years, I see my role as: 1. Protecting developers from all the management stuff so they can excel at doing their work. 2. Offering guidance, from a client perspective, about what they actually need to produce. I try to set the development team free, while nudging them in the right direction ;-)

Comment: The US political system is in deep trouble . . . (Score 1) 767

by sumergo (#45157527) Attached to: Shutdown Cost the US Economy $24 Billion
Sad to see you were in a mess for a few days there, glad you fixed it in time, sorry to see that we will be having the same lame production in early 2014. It's really tough for you (living it) but it's also tough for us in Europe (watching it). We admire, respect and follow what you get up to over there, but we can also see too many historical parallels in our own continent (Germany in 1933) in your current political conduct. You have a Conservative heartland that naturally dislikes change (and may have racially motivated objections to anything your African-American President does) coupled with an ultra-hard-right faction who apparently merely wants to topple, or at least severely disable, the government. Wake up America, it is 2013. It is not the middle ages or even 1773. If you are "exceptional", demonstrate to the rest of the world that that is true - try to show us that rational, civilized debate is the best democratic policy. The OFs in the GOP don't seem to get that times have changed. The aptly-named "Tea Party" doesn't care - all they want is power - over the People, not for them.

Comment: Re:Contractors (Score 1) 501

by sumergo (#45125107) Attached to: Lessons From the Healthcare.gov Fiasco
Sorry, I posted this somewhere esle - should have been here: Sadly nothing new here in terms on government "understanding" of the need to: 1. Freeze the specs. 2. Have your Lawyers look at the contract for the tiniest of loopholes and then hold the contractors to it. 3. Be aware that contractors (especially the big ones - no acronyms supplied here) will indeed be like Lawyers and say "ooh you didn't specify that - it's a change request" 4. Test early, test often - and then test, test & test again. 5. Pay good attention to usability. Check this out: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/sep/18/nhs-records-system-10bn [theguardian.com]. Sixteen billion US expended so far (and still counting) - negligible returns.

Comment: Lessons from the healthcare.gov fiasco (Score 2) 501

by sumergo (#45124895) Attached to: Lessons From the Healthcare.gov Fiasco
Sadly nothing new here in terms on government "understanding" of the need to: 1. Freeze the specs. 2. Have your Lawyers look at the contract for the tiniest of loopholes and then hold the contractors to it. 3. Be aware that contractors (especially the big ones - no acronyms supplied here) will indeed be like Lawyers and say "ooh you didn't specify that - it's a change request" 4. Test early, test often - and then test, test & test again. 5. Pay good attention to usability. Check this out: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/sep/18/nhs-records-system-10bn Sixteen billion US expended so far (and still counting) - negligible returns.

Comment: Best Buy follows Yahoo in banning remote work (Score 1) 317

by sumergo (#43087241) Attached to: Best Buy Follows Yahoo in Banning Remote Work
Can't we keep "on-thread"? Forget "Best Buy", "The four Boxes of Liberty", "the traffic congestion in the Twin Cities". The issue is about "telecommuting". 1. Question: Does it work for everyone? Answer: No - lots of people need the "warmth of human contact" and feel isolated when they are not with with their corporate colleagues. 2. Question: Can it be productive? Answer: Yes - for those who are comfortable working without the immediate physical co-location of other humans, working from home can be much more productive than the corporate 9 - 5 (plus commute) work day. Truth is - you work much more at home than in the office. 3. Question: So what's the problem? Answer: Middle managers get paid to manage people. If "their" people aren't physically around, middle managers worry about their own reason for existence and if "their" staff are being as productive as they could be. The easy option is: "when in doubt, get the staff back in house so we can see what they are doing" ;-( Pardon me, but don't we live in a virtual world these days?

Comment: Re: Haselton's "To save everything . . ." review (Score 1) 115

by sumergo (#42960327) Attached to: Book Review: To Save Everything, Click Here
1. It's a classic usability issue. "Become your client" - address your intended audience. 2. Technical writing is an art not a science - you've either got the talent or not - you can't spray-on creativity. 3. General heuristic #1: if you are new to a process or activity - ask someone who might know or RTFM. 4. Specific heuristic #35924 - if it's burning your fingers, don't touch your eyes ;-)

Comment: Re:Missing Matter, Parallel Universes? (Score 1) 154

by sumergo (#40433141) Attached to: Missing Matter, Parallel Universes?
I said "Intersects" not "interacts". Are we here in this forum to be pedantic logic-choppers, or or we here to share knowledge and ideas? You appear to be someone who only believes in what they can measure. Do you, by chance, have an engineering degree? Before you can measure, you have to theorize. Quantum Theory indicates that we might be part of a multiverse. If this theory is true, "our reality intersects with many others". Interaction would be interesting but that's for the future . . .

Comment: Re:Last minute pullout (Score 1) 149

by sumergo (#40054031) Attached to: Falcon 9 Launch Aborted At Last Minute
Agreed - even though this is an experimental, utility, launch. Commercial spaceflight has to set safety standards the public can believe in. NASA management should have listened to their engineers and been MUCH more careful regarding their Shuttle Astronauts welfare (two catastrophic failures and 14 lives lost in some 100+ launches). If it looks wrong - shut it down and ignore the potential politics. Hopefully, Space-X will make it the next time, or the next time after that . . .

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