January 28, 2014 § 4 Comments
Listen to Laura Thomson @lxt, Sr Web Engineering Mgr, describe Mozilla’s “MVP” Minimum Viable Bureaucracy. We do this not only in Engineering but everywhere inside Mozilla (especially Finance and Operations).
Best of Quotes from this Minimum Viable Bureaucracy talk:
The basis of any self-organizing system = TRUST
Awesome communication processes require practice
Every project should have a URL
Let subject matter experts emerge (module owner or Benevolent Dictator For Life)
A 1 person = 2 day marathon Prototype + Momentum gets people motivated and makes the PATH clear
Iterate toward greatness
Ruthless murder scope creep “Not in This Iteration”. NO! ….. is a complete sentence.
There is no such thing as a structureless organization (there is somebody at the end of the day organizing “stuff”)
Knowing how to work hard is a skill some people have never learned (especially if they are incredibly smart and have intellectually cruised through life)
In this talk, you’ll hear Laura reference several other current and former thought leaders at Mozilla.
This talk appeared at OSCON 2013 and the slide deck has garnered some attention, but the talk was not recorded, so as per requests, Laura re-delivers it on Air Mozilla as a brownbag.
For more of Laura: http://lanyrd.com/profile/lxt/ < you’ll find all her slide decks here.
Other talks referenced by Laura: John O’Duinn’s “We Are All Remoties” > http://oduinn.com/blog/2012/04/04/we-are-all-remoties/
John Lilly’s Preso on Mozilla and Managing Chaos http://www.slideshare.net/johnolilly/stanford-presentation-on-mozilla-presentation?type=powerpoint
January 26, 2014 § Leave a comment
On this 30th Year anniversary of the Mac, the Computer History Museum released an Exclusive (Unseen since 1984) ; the original Steve Jobs Public unveiling of the Macintosh Computer. Interesting and fascinating on so many levels from the only seen once on public television classic Orwellian commercial to Steve’s still developing and now famous presentation skills.
For you computer history and tech buffs, the specs (minute 6)
- “LISA” Technology (mice, point, click, cut, paste, windows)
- 68,000 CPU running at 8 Mhz that “eats 8088’s for breakfast”
- 192K bytes of memory! 64K of these bytes are ROM and an amazing 128K bytes are RAM!
- Inside the 64K ROM is the entire OS! Entire graphics, entire Windows user interface – All in ROM!
- Introduction of breakthrough 3.5 inch floppy disk with 400K bytes!
- A super high definition, high resolution 9″ bitmapped black and white screen! (Twice the dots of an IBM PC or and Apple II)
- Took 2 years to make it.
Don’t miss minute 9 with the classic Chariots of Fire video debut!
Some interesting quotes”We want to make Macintosh the 2nd Desk Appliance” (1st = Telephone)
“The last thing the world needs is another Local Area Network” (Ethernet really never took off)
“Lotus has announced 123 for the Macintosh and it’s in their development labs now”
October 8, 2013 § Leave a comment
Mozilla spent the last 4 days at our 3rd worldwide summit. Just over 1800 Mozillians gathered at 3 locations (Brussels, Toronto, and Santa Clara) to reconnect, engage, and reinforce the vision and the mission for the next 10+ years. It was a powerful event.
This is a great time and opportunity to share Seth Godin’s Tribe Talk from TED. I encourage all Mozillians to VIEW. Even if you’ve seen it before or read his Tribes book, please WATCH again. It’s 17 minutes AND worth it. At a minimum pick a mark below and try a sample. Or, if you only have time for 3 minutes, pick the 14:00-17:00 Min Mark. I’m confident you will find something very worthwhile in one of these segments.
MY KEY “MARKS” FROM THIS VIDEO:
- Inflection point of change; New model of leadership (4:00 Min. Mark)
- Tribes (7:00 Min Mark)
- You Don’t Need Everyone. Maybe Just 1000! (9:30 Mark) > 1M Mozillians?….
- Decisions on Products and Services (10:30 Mark)
- Heretics (12:00 Mark) – an ode to you Pascal!
- Tell a Story with 3 Questions (14:00)
- WHO “Exactly” Are You UPSETTING?
- WHO Are You CONNECTING?
- WHO Are you LEADING?
- Key Leadership Elements (Challenge Everything, Build a Culture, Curiosity, Connection, Commit): (16:00 Min – END)
EXPERIMENT?: For those of you that follow this blog or the @cookflix Twitter auto-post, let’s try a Tribe/Committment experiment. Let’s see how many Mozillians we can reach WITHOUT email. Do it in whatever way you do it (retweeting, forwarding, Yammer, IRC, whatever).
August 25, 2013 § 1 Comment
Wins and Losses – they are a dime a dozen
Nobody can judge effort
Effort is between YOU and YOU!
NOW…you have to show that you are a different creature than you were 5 minutes ago….
It means you are pissed off for greatness
Because if you aren’t pissed off for greatness
Then that means you are ok with being mediocre
SO, LET’S DO WHAT WE DO!
August 8, 2013 § 1 Comment
Being a CFO, one of my many roles is to make the decisions on worldwide real estate for Mozilla. Over the past 3 years, we’ve been very busy opening up 11 Mozilla Spaces (employee and community/contributor work and event spaces) on 4 different continents. As a result, I’m always very close to real estate data streams in various markets and have regular conversations on the topic with a set of my go-to regular experts.
One such snapshot came across my email box last week with respect to the San Francisco Commercial Real Estate Market. SF currently happens to be the hottest commercial real estate market in the US right now and arguably in the entire world. (in terms of rental rate increases and vacancy rate decreases).
The Rosen Realty Group (RRG) http://www.rosenrg.com/ led by Mark Rosen just published one of their latest installments. Once again, it’s extremely useful and confirmational data for those with eyes/ears close to the ground in the SF Market specifically.
A shameless plug is deserved here. I’ve worked with Mark and Anna at RRG for over 10 yrs on numerous deals and consider RRG to be one of the best (OK THE BEST) real estate broker firm for tenants I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Mark and Anna aren’t just “brokers”. Having worked in SF and the Bay Area for the last +25 yrs, they have an amazing network of people and resources to help you get things done. They’ve worked side by side with me and my team to not just do the lease deals (renting the various spaces) but more importantly to monitor and ensure the proper steps to actually get the offices opened (tenant improvements) and to give amazing advice on making these new offices a “home” for those living in it every day.
The DATA BELOW:
CLICK ON THE PICTURES BELOW AND THEY’LL EXPAND
note: I have obtained permission from RRG to republish this copyrighted research report.
SF Avg. Rental Rate Patterns:
Analyzing both the graph and this summary data table I created, some clear patterns emerge
- SF Avg Rental Rates of $43.56 have hit a 10 year high as of July 31, 2013
- The previous SF Market Rental high occurred in the abnormal 1999-2000 period where SF avg rental rates spiked 50% ( from $45 to $65+) and then back down to $45 all within a 12 month period
- Barring any economic shocks to the system, there appears to be more room to continue the recent trends. Vacancy rates still have room to fall to its historical 5% low range which (the data suggests) would move avg rental rates beyond $50 and maybe even $60 per sq ft rates.
- The 8 year CAGR (compounded annual growth rate) is a healthy 8%.
- There hasn’t been a significant decline in avg. rental rates since 2010 when avg. rates hit their low of $27.50. Over the last 3 yrs (36 months), avg SF rates have increased steadily to today’s $43.50 while vacancy rates are on a directly proportional decline from 15% to 10%.
- In terms of Silicon Valley/Pennisula, the data is similar: Vacant space has decreased for 9 quarters in a row to 10.2% vacancy rate as of Q2 2013; the lowest “available space” since the first quarter of 2001.
What does this suggest for the next few years (2014-2016?).
caveat: assumes mostly status quo with no major macro-economic surprise or downturn. These economic shocks can be seen from the graph (2001-2003 and again 2008-2010) and the impact of these economic shocks show a very predictable spike in vacancy and a dip in avg. rental rates.
- Vacancy rate trends suggests the market will drop below 10% for the first time since 2001 (+12 yrs) to the 8% range
- Avg rental rates are correspondingly expected to grow at 8% annually over the next 2 years and to break above $50 per sq ft. annually (+$4.50 per month per sq. ft)
- Every 1% decrease in vacancy rates equals roughly a $3 increase in avg rental rates
- Every 1% increase in vacancy rates equates to a smaller decline in rates by only $2 per sq ft annually
Bottom line: Commercial office space real estate demand is approaching a historical high and once again is beginning to outstrip supply. This is especially true for space of 50K sq feet and above which equates to workstation capacity of 300 employees +/-.
July 30, 2013 § Leave a comment
I noticed this concept for the first time at a recent conference. It was so “in your face” that I began commenting on it…then thinking more deeply about the technique. When I returned back to the office, I began discussing the use of this concept in the workplace as an “Identity Tool”.
What if we created a way to not only uniquely personalize “YOU” with music but more importantly an easy way for others to remember “YOU”? Music has always been a way our sensing brain connects with our emotional brain. Music is a remarkable imprinting device.
Some of the ideas I bantered about with people at Mozilla were to give everyone a “RingID” in our online phone book. This would allow people to easily create a 10-15 second music clip to say as much about you as any Bio or stale “who I am” or “my hobbies” could ever do.
I never realized, or rather, never connected that Major League Baseball has been doing this “Walk Up Song” for years. This brilliant article describes this “connection concept” perfectly. We all understand personalized ring tones for our cell phones and we all have our favorite playlists. Is it time for our personalized RingID?
SO, what’s your “Walk Up Song”? What is the musical fingerprint that defines “YOU” in the 10-15 second period between the time you are introduced by someone or you want people to remember you by? My current one? = Don’t Stop Believing
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