Don’t Dictate, Innovate

2020-06-30T11:32:13-07:00Categories: Industry Insights, Kevin Torf's Blogs, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

Considering he filed a record-setting 1,093 patents in his lifetime, it’s no wonder Thomas Edison is regarded as the embodiment of invention. While undoubtedly a genius, what made him so remarkable was not just what he made but the way he worked – his famous Invention Factory outside Newark, New Jersey was arguably the world’s first [...]

Strength in Numbers

2020-06-26T09:14:15-07:00Categories: Industry Insights, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

When a father couldn’t convince his sons to stop quarreling, he decided to make his point another way. Presenting his sons with a bundle of sticks, he challenged them to break the bundle and not one of them could do it. When the father asked his sons to separate the bundle and break the sticks one [...]

When It’s Time to Leave the Nest

2020-06-16T14:16:44-07:00Categories: Industry Insights, Kevin Torf's Blogs, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

Naturalists say that the mother bird uses food to coax her baby from the nest and learn to fly. She stands farther and farther out on a branch with the food even though the baby bird will probably fall. If it doesn’t hurt them, falling eventually teaches them to flap their wings and return to the branch for their next meal. It’s a repetitive process that instills the independence they need [...]

When Team Members Don’t Support Each Other, Everyone Suffers

2020-06-08T17:00:39-07:00Categories: Company Insights, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

In 2015, the Washington Nationals had arguably one of MLB’s most talented rosters but they struggled to even make the playoffs. At the bottom of the eighth inning, in a tied game against the Philadelphia Phillies, pitcher Jonathan Papelbon expressed frustration with Bryce Harper for his poor performance at bat, which led to a physical altercation [...]

The Importance of Clear Communications

2020-05-26T11:09:56-07:00Categories: Company Insights, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

When people are in danger and need help, three letters are more important than any others: S-O-S. Even though some say that this universal distress signal stands for “save our ship” or “save our souls,” the letters actually don’t mean anything at all. Why, then, did the Morse Code operators choose them? For a simple reason: the three short dots of the “S” followed by the three longer dashes of the “O” are the easiest sounds [...]

Why Honesty is Always the Best Policy

2020-05-22T11:58:49-07:00Categories: Industry Insights, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

When the Americans took over the construction of the Panama Canal from the French in 1903 (to the tune of $40 million), they made a big mistake: The engineers assumed it was “just a big railroad job.” They didn’t realize digging a canal was so much harder. They presented schedules and completion deadlines that were impossible [...]

Give Your Team a Boost Along the Way

2020-05-19T15:42:15-07:00Categories: Industry Insights, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

At 29,029 feet, Mt. Everest isn’t one of those natural wonders that can be climbed in just a few weeks. Anyone who has ever reached the summit knows it’s a long journey over two solid months. That journey has to be broken up into five camps at different elevations to help climbers adjust to the altitude.  [...]

The Details Can Be Devilish

2020-05-12T10:34:02-07:00Categories: Industry Insights, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

James Murray, the famed creator of one of the world’s most comprehensive reference books, the Oxford English Dictionary, had rooms filled with paper. Correspondents from all over the world sent him thousands of pieces of research on the etymologies of words. A single word alone could generate 10,000 pieces of correspondence. Murray’s workrooms were an overwhelming [...]

A Frame Makes a Big Difference

2020-05-05T10:47:59-07:00Categories: Industry Insights, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

Back in 2007, the art world buzzed with the news that a portrait of Lorenzo De Medici by Raphael was going up for auction (the last time something like that happened was in 1892). It’s a spectacular portrait, and what makes Lorenzo De Medici’s figure glow with even more warmth and richness is the splendid gold [...]

Transparency for the Team’s Sake

2020-06-16T14:10:06-07:00Categories: Industry Insights, Kevin Torf's Blogs, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

At the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, a University of Washington rowing team did the unthinkable: They beat the better-equipped and physically stronger Nazi and Italian teams to win the gold. Brute strength wasn’t the key, writes Daniel James Brown in The Boys in the Boat. Laser-sharp communications and coordination made the real difference. “Crew is not [...]