Credit Crisis Visualised

A fantastic video explaining the Credit Crisis. What is a complex topic is explained clearly in an engaging narrative.

It was made by Jonathon Jarvis as part of his thesis for a media design program.

Check it out: The Crisis of Credit Visualized

Geeks are Creatives too

I was reading an article How to Manage Geeks. A friend sent it to me, probably because I work with a team of developers.

I am not sure how I feel about the word “geek”. As a kid, it was insult, but now it’s a term used widely about amongst the “geek” community to describe themselves. If used appropriately, it’s no longer derogatory. Times they sure have changed!

I don’t consider myself a geek, but I suspect to someone outside of the “IT world”, a product manager building online web applications is a pretty geeky profession! (The truth is that I love my job, so maybe I am a geek…)

Anyway I wasn’t sure what to expect reading the article, whether is was a joke or serious, but it was the real deal- a true “How To” on the dos and don’ts of managing a “geek”.

I am writing about this because one of these “How Tos” really stood out for me- #10 Remember that geeks are creative workers.

I think quite often in website or application development, it’s easily forgotten how much design is required by software engineers to give life to the specification documents and the designs that accompany them.

Whether you are creating something for the first time or extending an existing product- the engineer needs to think about the problem holistically and design a solution that meets the specifications and looks and works like the design while ensuring it’s a solid build with minimal bugs.

Through this design process they also need to feed back to the team any suggestions for revising the specifications or design based on technical constraints or suggestions for improvements.

This technical design phase is critical to the success of any project.

So I do agree- give the “geek” a creative environment to work and allow them the time and freedom to design their software as allowing for this will only result in better products, websites and applications.

What value do you bring?

I heard someone talking the other day about finding your personal value proposition.

Determining what skills you have to offer your employer, your clients/customers, your staff- every working relationship in your life.

While the world is experiencing the shaky economic climate, what can you do and what will you do to ride the wave and be successful?

If you don’t know what value you bring, how can you expect anyone to pay you for what you do?

Take a few minutes and ask yourself these questions- really think about it.

If you can’t find any value in your work, then brace yourself  because it’s only a matter of time before someone else notices!

Actually to be honest, they probably already have.

So what better time to see what you can change- find ways to work smarter, increase productivity, increase profit and stimulate your business in 2009.