The Reason We Technologists Have Jobs…

…is other technologists.  My good friend Scott Feier sent me a link to this comic at Smashing Magazine today, which ostensibly explains the future of XHTML.

imageDo you ever want to find the bright bulbs on these standards committees and give them what-for?  It’s no wonder my Mom will never really understand computers and people like us (if you’re reading this, I’ll bet you’re one of us) will continue to make money.  Who else would be able to take stuff like this and explain it in English words so that people realize that it just doesn’t matter?  (Except to us.)


Funny RFP Clause

Sometimes RFPs crack me up. (Hey, it’s Saturday, and I can have a laugh, right?)  I got a copy of a new RFP to respond to today, and it contains the following:

The responses to this RFQ will be evaluated based on the criteria listed below. The criteria are listed in descending order of importance with the most important criteria in each section listed first. The following subsections are listed in the descending order of importance with the most important criteria listed first:

A. Cost

B. Business and Technical Understanding of the Request

C. Experience

So the cheapest company with no experience wins!

Ten New Terms

Thanks to my pals Caterina Betancourt and Pedro Arboleda for this EXCELLECT list!  I’m going to start using Cooperation Radar immediately.

  1. Mobability • the ability to perform real- time work in large groups • a talent for organizing and collaborating with many people simultaneously
  2. Influency • the ability to be persuasive in multiple social contexts and media spaces • an understanding that each context and space requires a different persuasive strategy and technique
  3. Ping Quotient • measures your responsiveness to other people’s requests for engagement, your propensity and ability to reach out to others in a network
  4. Multi-Capitalism • fluency in working with different capitals • natural, intellectual, social, financial, human, e.g.
  5. Protovation • fearless innovation in rapid, iterative cycles • an understanding that the cost of short-term failure has been lowered
  6. Open Authorship • ease and savvy in creating content for “open, consumption” – through peer 2 peer circulation, citation, and modification
  7. Emergensight • ability to prepare for and handle surprising results and complexity
  8. Longbroading • thinking in terms of higher level systems, massively multiple cycles, and a much bigger picture
  9. Cooperation Radar • the ability to sense, almost intuitively, who would make the best collaborators on a particular task
  10. Signal/Noise Management • filtering meaningful info, patterns, and commonalities from the massively-multiple streams of data