Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

Management and Leadership

12 Sep 2009, 18:25 p.m.

Wintour Guide

I watched and enjoyed The September Issue with Elisa (who pseudoblogs as The Mad Fashionista and with whom I watch Project Runway). Some brief thoughts: The September Issue is an office comedy ("comedy" in the …

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29 Jun 2009, 16:15 p.m.

Getting (Irrelevant) Things Done

I am bikeshedding my own yak-shaving. This should win an award.

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25 Apr 2009, 23:27 p.m.

Hiro-ics Don't Scale, They Say

Now I'm rereading Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash bit by bit. Spoiler ahead: The important thing is, Hiro, that you have to understand the Mafia way. And the Mafia way is that we pursue larger goals …

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01 Apr 2009, 9:17 a.m.

New Awesome Work

Martin and I are co-founding a new firm to produce the PoTeaTo, a food-and-beverage convergence device targeted at the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Simply drop the PoTeaTo into a small pot of …

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01 Apr 2009, 0:49 a.m.

Cost-Benefit Analysis For Projects: Caution!

We often say that something is/isn't "worth it" based on a reflexive guess. The important thing isn't quantifying all those guesses to the tenth decimal point, it's getting into the habit of interrogating them. How …

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28 Mar 2009, 14:33 p.m.

A Book Review About Leadership

I mostly wrote this book review in the fall of 2008. On the Psychology of Military Incompetence by Norman Dixon 1976 On The Psychology of Military Incompetence is 400 pages long, and worth savoring. Its …

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27 Mar 2009, 14:46 p.m.

Ada Lovelace Day, Belatedly

I am abashed and thankful that Rachel and Danny thought to mention me in speaking of women in tech on Ada Lovelace Day. I offer a sidelong glimpse into a short list of my influences …

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26 Feb 2009, 0:05 a.m.

Can I Be The Gardener From "Being There"?

Creating custom software, and perhaps client services in general, are more like agriculture than manufacturing. We aren't stamping out identical units and trying to increase "efficiency" by speeding up the process; we can't, because we …

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28 Jan 2009, 17:41 p.m.

Make It No

Martin, newborn pub brawler, finds that the ST:TNG episode "Tapestry" speaks to him. He calls the theme among these episodes obvious. I'm guessing he saw that they are about leadership/organizational behavior. And thus if I …

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28 Jan 2009, 14:14 p.m.


My experience at Seattle Mindcamp reminded me to refresh my GeekSpeakr speaker's profile and ensure I'm on lists of female and/or Asian-American tech speakers. I'm photogenic and I can organize Powerpoint Karaoke! What more could …

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