In 1996, my old company Intelligent Games released a game called Azrael’s Tear. There was much to love about the game: the story, the visuals, the richly-imagined world, wonderful music and voice characterisation. Although the game died in the market, people are still playing and enjoying the game today. Continue reading “Azrael’s Tear”
NASA is undergoing some big changes and some some soul-searching right now. But it is an organisation that has achieved some of humanity’s most sublime and challenging goals. Therefore, any lessons we can learn at their expense are well worth reading. Continue reading “Mission control: 100 rules for NASA project managers”
Squee! What I want for Christmas is a giant LEGO aircraft carrier, like the one that Malle Hawking built (see pictures). If this isn’t available, I’ll settle for a 7,500 piece LEGO Millennium Falcon. But both look like they’re impossibly unavailable.
The world of technology is full of immature management and poor leadership. Get some pointers about how NOT to lead geeks in this article from Alexander Kjerulf. Continue reading “How NOT lead geeks”
Have you heard the story about how NASA engineers spent a million dollars developing an astronaut pen that would work in zero gravity? And how the Russian, being smarter, issued their cosmonauts with pencils. Continue reading “Apocrypha now: the true story of NASA’s space pen”
I like this from Samuel Beckett.
On the other hand, as the old joke goes, if at first you don’t succeed, parachuting is not a great sport for you.
Origin stories are important for business. They can be a source of living inspiration and guidance. For example, it’s very important for Silicon Valley companies to start in a garage. HP started it all here at 367 Addison Avenue.
I’ve just finished re-reading Churchill’s war memoirs and also Andrew Roberts’s new book, Masters and Commanders, about the relationship between Roosevelt and Marshall, Churchill and Brooke. Continue reading “How Winston Churchill used humour as a management tool”
For the last decade, I’ve been compiling a list of ‘rules’ for client management based on very personal, subjective reactions to things that happened to me, mainly in the business world. Continue reading “40 Essential rules for stress-free client management”