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Lessons Learned from Cultivate

By kmatsudaira
October 22, 2013

Last week I had the pleasure of co-chairing Cultivate.  The conference was one-day event focused on technology and leadership. The Backstory The original idea for the conference came from my co-chair, Eli Goodman, who wanted a place where like-minded folk …

Building Great Tech Company Culture

By Eli Goodman
September 4, 2013

I was lucky enough to have a chance to talk with Greg Leppert, co-founder of the awesome website Svpply. He’s always had a unique and eloquent perspective on what makes organizations stay grounded and do good work, so I was …

The many sides to shipping a great software project

By Andy Oram
September 9, 2012

Chris Vander Mey, CEO of Scaled Recognition, and author of a new O’Reilly book, Shipping Greatness, lays out in this video some of the deep lessons he learned during his years working on some very high-impact and high-priority projects at …

OSCON Business Leadership Day

By Kevin Shockey
June 29, 2012

I encourage you to give the Business Leadership track a look. You'll need to have the tutorial pass to attend, and while I hope all of the tutorials are great on Tuesday, if you're bored, please stop by room F 151.

Four short links: 31 October 2011

By Nat Torkington
October 31, 2011

Solitude and Leadership -- an amazing essay on the value of managing one's information diet. Far more than yet another Carr/Morozov "the Internet is making us dumb!!" hate on short-form content, this is an eloquent exposition of the need for long-form thoughts. I find for myself that my first thought is never my best thought. My first thought is...

With IT leadership, the "how" is as important as the "what"

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
August 24, 2011

A strong IT strategy reconciles predictability with innovation. It will seldom fly to just have or the other — both are required, and they must feed off each other.

Will your business survive the digital revolution?

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
June 1, 2011

Once we recognize the magnitude of change that digital innovation is causing and may bring in the months and years ahead, it will help us to think bigger and to think in ways that may previously have seemed absurd.

Why the cloud may finally end the reign of the work computer

Why the cloud may finally end the reign of the work computer
By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
April 20, 2011

Cloud computing could reduce asset management costs by allowing more employees to use their own equipment in the workplace.

The impact of IT decisions on organizational culture

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
February 9, 2011

While I believe we recognize the limiting qualities of IT decisions, I'd suggest we've insufficiently studied the degree to which those decisions in aggregate can have a large influence on organizational culture.

3 types of IT leaders: maverick, innovator, guarantor

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
January 19, 2011

It can often appear there is only one type of person leading IT. That's not the case. Understanding an IT leader's motivations and needs will ultimately benefit all involved.

Why is IT governance so difficult to implement?

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
January 11, 2011

IT governance requires that the scarce resource of technology capacity be diligently distributed to meet collective, organizational goals.

Can good IT managers make great business leaders?

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
January 4, 2011

Being a good IT manager is hard. Being a great business leader is harder. What separates them is not just the ability to continually and uniquely inspire, but to also be a well-informed and skilled business manager.

Being CIO: 5 tips for surviving the first 90 days

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
November 10, 2010

The amount and methods in which you initially make progress will be indicative of your pace and style. Getting it right can ensure you are in sync with the business. Being too slow or too fast has considerable inherent risk.

IT transformations must begin with hearts and minds

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
October 11, 2010

IT transformation must be managed in a deliberate manner. Heavy lifting is essential, but it should not be the first thing that gets done. Radical change must start with the CIO and his or her managers engaging in collaborative discussions across the business.

Four short links: 22 February 2010

By Nat Torkington
February 22, 2010

Schuyler Erle's blog -- Schuyler, a leading geohacker, is in Haiti as part of a World Bank effort to rebuild geospatial infrastructure. His blog posts and twitpics are excellent. Panton Principles -- basic groundrules for useful open data in science. Raises the flag of licensing: arbitrary license clauses or hastily-repurposed software licenses lead to a quagmire of incompatible licenses...

Jonathan Heiliger on Web Performance, Operations, and Culture

By Jesse Robbins
June 24, 2009

We were honored to have Jonathan Heiliger, Facebook’s VP of Technology Operations, as our opening keynote speaker at Velocity. Jonathan is one of the most accomplished leaders in our field, and is a master of the craft. Here is his keynote in it’s entirety:...

What Does It Mean To Be An Internet President?

What Does It Mean To Be An Internet President?
By Joshua-Michele Ross
January 21, 2009

FDR was our radio president, JFK was our television president and Barack Obama will be our Internet President. Quietly at noon yesterday, as the world was fixated on the televised inauguration of Barack Obama, some obscure IT managers flipped a switch (metaphorically) and transferred to While the inauguration spectacle was inspiring and the speech lived up to its...

Work On Stuff That Matters: Video Interview with Tim O'Reilly

By Joshua-Michele Ross
January 15, 2009

Over the past few months I have been interviewing various people that are "on our Radar" so to speak. It recently occurred to me that we had never done a video with Tim. So last week Kirk Walter (bless him!) grabbed his camera and Tim and I took a walk behind the O'Reilly offices in Sebastopol. We had a wide-ranging...

Getting Web 2.0 right: The hard stuff vs. the harder stuff

By Joshua-Michele Ross
October 1, 2008

I had a powerful conversation recently in Europe with one of the top executives of a major industrial company. They have 100K+ employees in over 50 countries. When he joined five years ago their business was struggling and in need of major transformation; their stock was at two dollars a share, they had ethics issues and product quality problems -...

Understanding Web Operations Culture (Part 1)

By Jesse Robbins
June 14, 2008

“You don’t choose the moment, the moment chooses you. You only choose how prepared you are when it does.” - Fire Chief Mike Burtch Last week I came upon a truck vs. scooter accident on my way home. I could hear a woman yelling in pain from underneath the truck (a good sign!) and could see a guy in the...

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