Showing posts from February, 2009

The buzz of KiwiFoo: some of my takeaways

I had the privilege of spending the weekend with lots of great energising, exciting people doing great stuff in New Zealand at KiwiFoo 2009 (aka Baa Camp) . Run in an unconference style, the topics were wide and varied and included a variety of topics such as the opportunities of Real-time data, the Economy, Section 92A, Cloud Computing, Sustainability, Broadband, Building Communities, Working globally from New Zealand, OpenID, Utility 2.0 and the list goes on. There were so many exciting sessions that one of the biggest challenges was working out what to go to. The conversations during, in-between and after the sessions went early into the morning on both Friday and Saturday nights and were packed with great intellectual discussion and debate. Some of my takeaways (respecting the FrieNDA rules i.e."what goes on tour, stays on tour") included: Working globally from New Zealand If we can work out how to work well remotely then this can help to keep smart young people in New

3 simple questions: Challenge yourself, challenge others, question why

Having worked in a corporate for many years, I find that it is often useful to step back from the every day process and ask a few very simple questions: If this was my money would I spend it on this? If this was a startup what would we be doing different? Is this really a Must Have requirement / Do the stakeholders understand the impact this has to cost, timeframe and/or complexity? Challenge yourself, challenge others, question why.

Different leadership styles are required for different stages of team development

"The One Minute Manager builds high performing teams" by Ken Blanchard, Donald Carew and Eunice Parisi Carew is an excellent book that simply explains through examples the four stages that teams go through and that a different leadership style is required in each; namely Orientation, Dissatisfaction, Integration and Production. For each stage, it is clearly articulated what the Characteristics are, what the Needs of the team are, what the Issues are that need to be addressed and what type of leadership style is appropriate. It is a very quick and easy read, written as a conversation, and I found it very easy to relate to when I looked at various projects I had been involved with. I will be re-reading this again.

NZ newspapers are embracing New Media

Impressed by all the ways the NZ Herald is allowing people to get the latest news (Twitter, RSS Updates, Widgets, YouTube, Digital Replica, Email Updates, RSS Feeds, Mobile, Paper Delivery), I decided to look into what some traditionally Old Media newspapers are doing with New Media in New Zealand; The New Zealand Herald, Otago Daily Times, The Dominion Post, Waikato Times, and the other "Newspaper" sites hosted on the platform. The New Zealand Herald - At the base of each page, the NZ Herald promotes all of the ways they allow people to get the latest news. Each post enables people to distribute the content further via Email or IM. Blogs are also a component of the site where people can comment on a variety of topics. There are however no general commentary features for non-Blog news stories. Otago Daily Times - The Otago Daily Times has an RSS Feed and also sports an Online Poll. Another feature it that they e