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Comment People are not good at abstract thinking (Score 1) 622

I theorize that short-sided thinking has a lot to do with this. Majority of people don't seem to be great at abstract thinking to grasp long-term large-scale problems like fossil fuel resources or global climate changes. Any ideas on how to get more people to understand the importance of the larger picture outcomes of our choices?

Comment How to get more resources (Score 1) 304

Everyone is telling you that you need more resources (people, project managers) to get the work done, but I think you already know this. What people aren't telling you is how to go about convincing upper management that you need more resources. So, without giving you a full college course, here's what you need to do: 1) Start recording metrics. As much as possible. How much time is being spend on which projects? How much money does that time cost? How much money is the the result of that project going to save/make the company? How much OT is your team putting in, which reduces their quality of life, which reduces their overall focus? If you don't know how to answer these, then start taking "quality questions" to your management regarding some of these concerns. 2) Once you have metrics, find which projects are marked "high" which aren't actually resulting in high-output. 3) Once you have even more metrics, prove that your team is saving the company money and you can save them even more if you have a bigger team. 4) Good luck!

Comment More focus on business/enterprise (Score 1) 901

I might be a little late on posting this to get any notice, but for the longest time I've wanted to see MS make what I would call "Windows Business". An operating system with 3 primary focuses:

1) Focus on ease of developer support and application stability. QUIT releasing a "new" operating system every 4 to 7 years and start releasing "Windows Business" 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, etc. This way developers can easily tell the end user "To run this version of our application you must be running 'Windows Business' 3.0 or greater". Then charge $99 for users of "Windows Business" to upgrade from 2.0 to 3.0. What changes in this upgrade? Oh, not much, a few minor feature improvements and new development libraries.

2) Focus on management. Part of what I mentioned in the ease of developer support falls into the ease of management. (EG: "Dear IT, We need 'Windows Business' 3.0 to run our applications.") Now to focus on IT. Sure, Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and so on are all "easy" to manage. Gobs of GPOs and 3rd party tools, but come on! I want to see REAL management. How about licensing, for example. I have yet to see an obviously easy way for IT to audit their licensing. There are a lot of solutions for it and they all do it their own way, but if MS wants to keep people legal, you'd think Windows Server would have a licensing management, auditing, and tracking system that far surpasses what we have now. I digress. Every aspect of "Windows Business" should be manageable without the need for 3rd party utilities. I could go on talking about management needs for days.

3) Users need a simple environment to work in. This is really a mixed topic for both ease of management and ease for the end user. Windows is already customizable and you can lock down the user environment to specific apps and profiles, but this isn't good enough. It's a PITA to get things just the way you want them. We really need to be able to easily make an over-the-top application specific end user environment that really completes the entire package. Remember, the computer at work is a tool to do work, not a "computer" in the typical end user sense of thinking.

To finalize, MS needs to take the market position and technology they already have and make it work for the people, instead of making the people work around the technology.

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