Posts Tagged ‘Development’

Don’t Play the Work-Life Waiting Game

Icon Written by Alora on February 22, 2010 – 10:00 am

Tim Berry has a recent post on MyVenturePad that is highly worth reading.  He takes issue with a VentureBeat post that essentially recommends to entrepreneurs that they sacrifice their life until they get their business successfully built. Tim hits the nail on the head right out of the gate: the absurdity of that recommendation is […]

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What Makes Innovation?

Icon Written by Alora on February 16, 2010 – 10:32 am

CNN recently reported that researchers from Harvard Business School, Insead and Brigham Young University have just completed a six-year study of more than 3,000 executives and 500 innovative entrepreneurs, and say they have identified five skills that drive innovation: Associating: The ability to connect seemingly unrelated questions, problems or ideas from different fields. Questioning: Innovators […]

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Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Icon Written by Alora on February 5, 2010 – 10:30 am

CNNMoney.com published an article on this week’s government report that states, over the past six months, the “22 banks that got the most help from the Treasury’s bailout programs cut their small business loan balances by a collective $10.5 billion.” The report goes on to highlight that over the past six months that TARP recipients […]

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My Favorite Bloggers

Icon Written by Alora on December 24, 2009 – 1:07 pm

As someone who consumes most of her daily doses of new information through the blogosphere (as opposed to traditional media), there are different bloggers I read for different reasons.  As I’ve been trying to streamline my process for writing more (and better), myself, I’ve been thinking more and more about what I specifically get out […]

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Scrappy Swimlane High Level Overview

Icon Written by Alora on July 30, 2009 – 11:57 am

Much thanks to Sherry Lowry from Bridging Futures for this picture. As with all items of this type, it’s eerily familiar enough to be both hysterical and cringe-worthy for those of us who make a career out of this. (Click on the image to see the details.)

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There is No Strategy if You Don't Manage Your Team

Icon Written by Alora on July 21, 2009 – 12:55 pm

I often find myself frustrated dealing with people who sell themselves as “high level strategists.” I am not talking about consultants who are hired to help hone and build out a strategic vision for an organization; nor am I talking about internal specialists who are dedicated to researching and advising on strategic direction. What I […]

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Scrappy Swimlane High Level Overview

Icon Written by Alora on July 18, 2009 – 11:57 am

Much thanks to Sherry Lowry from Bridging Futures for this picture. As with all items of this type, it’s eerily familiar enough to be both hysterical and cringe-worthy for those of us who make a career out of this. (Click on the image to see the details.)

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Where Are You Leading?

Icon Written by Alora on June 30, 2009 – 4:36 pm

I’ve had an interesting few weeks. My husband and I have been dealing with a lot of things at home, hence my absence from blogging for much of the past month, and I have started a new project with the New Media (a.k.a. “web”) team at KXAN-TV here in Austin. Between getting settled into the […]

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To Say Agile, Or Not to Say Agile… That is the Question

Icon Written by Alora on May 6, 2009 – 7:41 am

I had an interesting conversation yesterday after I gave a presentation. I was talking about the necessary functions — particularly when it comes to communications, documentation, change management and entry/exit criteria — of project management in an Agile development process. The “interesting” conversation I had afterward was because one of the attendees (in a private […]

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20/20 Hindsight – Transitioning a Services Company to a Product Company

Icon Written by Alora on April 27, 2009 – 1:09 pm

This is something I’ve been thinking about more and more recently. The fact that we started off as a services company is what allowed us to get started and to avoid having to rely on outside funding. But it was transitioning to a product company that allowed us to grow and scale, and to ultimately […]

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