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Tufts Hackathon: But1 – Outcomes-Based Learning System

But1_schematicHackathon: http://tuftsmedstart.com/

Problem: Students have a lot of resources available to them.  Which resources should they use to optimize their learning?

Solution: But1 (http://but1.co) – a site > syllabus > learning units, which consist of learning modules (as provided by external publishers) and assessment modules (as provided by But1).  Students take assessments after learning, thereby giving them an idea of how well they know the material, how they are progressing with respect to other students, and system can assess efficiency of educational resources.

I should note that the naming of But1 was the fastest and strangest naming process I’ve had to date.  Behold: Continue reading

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Wrike – My Project Management Tool of Choice

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Wrike.com is an awesome, awesome project management tool.  Blogging to pass on the love.

Why is it awesome?  Because it is light, makes no assumptions about my workflow, and is simple and intuitive.  Consists of tasks, arranged in folders (one-to-many), with dependencies (Gantt charts), integrated with email allowing for easy discussions and notifications, and time tracking to boot.  Currently, I use Wrike at JoMI along with FairSetup (my other project) allowing everyone on the team to, once a week, quickly review our activity and self-report on accomplishments/time allocation, which leads to short-cycle calibration within the team.

So far, Wrike has been particularly good at helping with the following:

  • workflow management – when I have a multi-step workflow, easy to track progress
  • prioritization – when people get overloaded, I am able to prioritize their (and my) attention
  • memory – things no longer get lost
  • rapport – making sure that we are all on the same page. This last one deserves more attention…

 

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MegaBus Sucks

image For those of you taking the MegaBus, beware – they don’t care about their customers.

I got a ticket from Boston to Secaucus for 10:20 on 9/7/2013.  All good, except I made an innocent mistake of mixing up AM and PM.  OK, no big deal – guys, just put me on the bus to NY at 11 and I’ll make my way to NJ myself.  And then…

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Kudos to Amazon Prime

OK, I just want to publicly give kudos to good business practices.  I had Amazon Prime on my account and it automatically renewed in May of last year…   I haven’t used it once, so now, when I realized that I wanted to cancel, they automatically credited me the last payment.  Awesome.  Will definitely purchase it again once I need it and highly recommend it to anyone who orders a lot of stuff on Amazon.

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MBO, SMART

Apparently MBO is all the rage in HR nowadays.  I used to think that management is easy.  About three years into JoVE turned out that…  not so much.  Now at FairSetup, learning what feels like a ridiculous about management…  and the difference between good and bad management.Useful acronym – goals must be SMART.

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic / Reasonable
  • Timely

Seems like a simple, almost cliché, tactical description.  But it’s amazing how often people fail at missing at least one item above, which leads to all sorts of idiotic problems.

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Fight Dynamics: Cause and Effect

This is a followup to my recent post on strength.  Some people I know believe that you never threaten to hit. If you threaten, you must hit…  perhaps even in reverse order. And I always had a problem with that philosophy. It seems to me now that the goal exercising strength should be to actually avoid a confrontation later on.

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Life Lesson: on Strength and Respect

Several years ago, I came to the conclusion that people respect strength. I was wrong.

I recently discovered that strength can also be applied in a way that is perceived extremely unethical despite the best intention, which evokes anger and an almost overwhelming sense of righteousness that would make a religious zealot blush: a completely ridiculous situation.

So it looks like brute strength is not respected, but despised and tolerated when it must be.  People respect strength delivered with calmness and wisdom.  So the new philosophy is: choose a course, be as clear about your intentions as you can, and don’t compromise ethics no matter how much you may wish to do so – the most stable path forward, one requiring least amount of energy. Besides, life is too short to be an asshole.

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