Project Management Tip: Romeo’s Fate and the Problem of Unanswered Emails

2020-11-20T11:56:15-08:00Categories: Industry Insights, Kevin Torf's Blogs, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

The tragedy of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet hangs on the smallest of things: a missed message. As anyone familiar with the story knows, Juliet is separated from Romeo and agrees to an elaborate plan: She takes a potion that puts her in a deep sleep so that people think she is dead. When she wakes, she [...]

Project Management Tip: Visualize Everyone’s Roles

2020-11-20T11:57:46-08:00Categories: Industry Insights, Kevin Torf's Blogs, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

We’ve all heard it 1,000 times, the aphorism: “A picture paints a thousand words.” The modern use of the phrase is attributed to Fred. R. Barnard who wrote it (or something closely resembling it) in a December 1921 issue of the advertising trade journal Printer’s Ink, promoting the use of images in advertisements that appeared on [...]

Project Management Tip: Who’s Doing What on Your Team?

2020-10-29T11:43:54-07:00Categories: Industry Insights, Kevin Torf's Blogs, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

Just one cyclist stands on the winner’s podium with the Tour de France trophy, but it took a whole team to get him there. That’s especially true of the “domestique”— the team cyclist who functions as an all-purpose helper. The domestique does everything from ride in front of the team leader to buffer him from the [...]

Going the Distance One Sprint at a Time

2020-10-06T09:37:09-07:00Categories: Industry Insights, Kevin Torf's Blogs, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

Endurance monsters, combo runners, speedsters - which kind of runner are you? In the world of distance running, marathoners fall squarely into the first category (“the more miles we log on a weekly basis, the better” is their mantra). As a general rule, most runners are able to adjust between long and short distances, which makes [...]

Waiting Isn’t Always a Virtue

2020-09-08T14:29:10-07:00Categories: Industry Insights, Kevin Torf's Blogs, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

In 2005 Amazon Prime was born. Originally, Amazon Prime allowed consumers the ability to receive items for free two-day shipping in the US for eligible products in exchange for an annual fee. Dozens of factors have influenced the success of Amazon including their knowledge of consumer behavioral psychology which makes them one of the most innovative [...]

Don’t Fight Against Constraints

2020-08-27T15:35:06-07:00Categories: Industry Insights, Kevin Torf's Blogs, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

For Chuck Yeager and other legendary test pilots, success—or failure—required paying scrupulous attention to many factors affecting their flights at high altitudes. Ignore the basic laws of aerodynamics, Tom Wolfe writes in The Right Stuff, and a plane would “start tumbling end over end like a brick…” Failure was guaranteed—and so, unfortunately, was death. When it [...]

Finding the Middle Ground

2020-08-20T09:33:31-07:00Categories: Industry Insights, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

Camp David, which is just 62 miles from Washington DC, has been used by American presidents as an ideal negotiation site since 1943 when FDR invited Winston Churchill there. Ever since, a long procession of dignitaries—the USSR’s Nikita Khrushchev and the PLO’s Yasser Arafat among them—have gone there to work out political conflicts in a rustic [...]

Speak with One Voice

2020-08-05T11:02:08-07:00Categories: Industry Insights, Kevin Torf's Blogs, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

One of the most interesting forms of behavior in the insect world has come to be known, in the words of animal behaviorist Thomas Seeley, as “honeybee democracy.” To outside observers like us, a swarm of bees functions so much like a group that we don’t realize the disagreement and vigorous debate among the bees every [...]

All it Takes is One

2020-07-28T08:51:18-07:00Categories: Industry Insights, Project Management Insights, Robert Konishi's Blogs, T2 Tech Blog|

When it comes to unusual feats of human ingenuity, Domino Day in the Netherlands was a 20-plus-year tradition that took those familiar game pieces and created incredibly intricate patterns of falling tiles that would impress any engineer. Since the mid-1980s, each successive Domino Day outdid the last one with new patterns and challenges—not to mention hundreds [...]

Education to Revolutionize Your Workforce

2020-07-17T10:46:09-07:00Categories: Company Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

Former President of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. The power of education extends beyond the development of skills we need for economic success. It can contribute to nation-building and reconciliation." Mandela Day is celebrated on the [...]

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