Telework Lessons from Coronavirus

 

So we’re all stuck in the house teleworking because of Coronavirus.


After a number of hours, I hear from my daughter that her laptop stopped working.


Apparently the battery overheated. 


Like a good millennial, what does she do?


She puts it in the refrigerator to cool down.


And sure enough, when she takes it out, it’s working again. 


Next problem of the day is where the VPN circuits are overloaded (too many people trying to login from home).


And when you try to call the help desk, of course all you get is a busy signal. 


We sure are learning a lot during this Coronavirus outbreak. 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Project Governance and Gate Reviews

Thought this may be helpful for those looking at a Governance Process and Gate Reviews for project management. 


This aligns the Capital Planning and Investment Controls (CPIC) process of select, control, and evaluate phases with the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC). 


There are 5 notional gate reviews with associated documentation for project conception, initiation, planning, execution, and launch.


Of course, this can be modified as needed based on the project threshold and governance stringency required and seeks to create strategic alignment with the goals of the organization. 


(Credit Graphic: Andy Blumenthal)

3D Printed Octopus: “Shabbat Shalom”

This is a 3D Printed Octopus.  


The bendable legs are cute. 


It’s sitting on a camera and tripod. 


Soon 3D Printed Objects will even talk, and when they do, this one will say: 

Shabbat Shalom!


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Holiday SHOULD BE Giving To Children’s Hospital

Thought this was a pretty good display with the Three Bears for holiday donations for Children’s National Hospital. 


While it gets your attention (who sees three pink bears lite up on the street at night?), asking people with a small impersonal sign on the floor to remember to login and make the donation later isn’t very effective. 


People act on the spot, especially when it’s an emotional appeal for charity for sick children that need help.  


The children deserve for there to be a way for would be donors to actually give on the spot–where they can swipe or tap their credit card, write a check, or drop some money in for giving. 


Later, later, later…and unfortunately, it may never happen for the Children. 


Come on–it’s the new roaring 2020s–we can create some urgency and convenience and do better than this!  😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Plea For A Wireless World

If anything screams wireless…


There has got to be a better way.


One day people are going to laugh their heads off at they way we did technology.


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Artechouse = Art + Tech + House

This place was really cool in Washington, D.C. 



Artechouse = Art + Tech + House. 



Great immersive technology, art, music, dance, and light show. 



Highly recommend it!



This exhibit “Lucid Motion” was by Japanese artist Daito Manabe X Rhizomatiks Research.



They also had a nice augmented reality display. 



Had fun with the clan. 



Hope you enjoy!



(Credit Video: Andy Blumenthal)

When Do We Get The Replicators

Good advertisement piece for a 3D Printing Class. 


Not sure that we’re nearly there yet in terms of the Star Trek vision for the Replicators that could make food and other items on demand. 


But things are slowly taking shape. 


Someone wake me up when I can order up a pizza from this thing.  😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)