So we've got six weeks of the Working Outside the Inbox under our belts. The first five weeks were GREAT. We saw steady declines in our inboxes, and in the amount of mail we had to send out, and the proportion of good mail (per
Things were looking good for our fearless adventurers and we were riding the wave. Cowabunga!
Week 6? Not so much.
Which makes for a good blog topic. What about those speed bumps?
Sometimes, it all starts with one email. I'm sure you ALL have been there. One individual sends an email to a very wide recipient list. The recipients start replying .... to ALL. After a while, more folks chime in, either with their take on the situation or begging people to take the discussion elsewhere. Some of the other people on the email thread .. their heads (and their inboxes) are exploding. Several requests to move the email thread to a discussion forum prove fruitless, and there you go.
Or, you might be working on a sensitive project that is not suitable for sharing, or are dealing with an executive request (also not suitable for sharing). Sometimes email IS the best solution.
Perhaps you are working an urgent issue/project with people who are far outside your group, and driving them to a more collaborative solution is just not possible at this time. That's ok too.
Repeat after me, one more time: Change is hard.
This isn't a sprint, it's a marathon. There will be speed bumps and there will be weeks that go better than others. And that's OK.
Don't get discouraged, keep on keeping on, and even when things are going pear-shaped, look for the wins. You might have a huge email thread going on, but you've also got a lot more people than ever before realizing that it's not the best way. And what about all those other wins you've realized ... use cases identified, patterns adopted. There's good stuff happening - a lot of it.
And remember, each speed bump is just another opportunity to model a better, a SMARTER way of working.
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Need a slower start to your Monday morning routine? How about grabbing a cup of coffee and settle in for 17 minutes (8.5 minutes each) and watch these two new videos from the fine folk at Jazz.net:
Design Management 4.0 M7 Model Validation Part 1- This video will help you to see how to define validation constraints on models. This is part 1 of 2:
Design Management 4.0 M7 Model Validation Part 2- This video will help you to see how to define validation constraints on models. This is part 2 of 2:
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Get it on your calendars! Coming, March 30th, at 2pm-3pm JP time:
This upcoming session will be presented in Japanese and at a region appropriate time. For more session details, check out our new Japanese OpenMic landing page. To tantalize you into joining, just look at all the great stuff slated to be discussed in this upcoming session: Topic: Tips for Rhapsody for Intermediate users As a client within the region, you won't want to miss this session presented for you in Japanese. For connection and dial-in details head over to the Japanese OpenMic landing page. This page highlights the next session's details scheduled on March 30th 14:00 to 15:00 JP time. Put it on your calendar!
Topic: Tips for Rhapsody for Intermediate users
As a client within the region, you won't want to miss this session presented for you in Japanese. For connection and dial-in details head over to the Japanese OpenMic landing page. This page highlights the next session's details scheduled on March 30th 14:00 to 15:00 JP time. Put it on your calendar!
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It's that time of year again. This weekend, we'll be turning our clocks ahead an hour as Daylight Saving Time begins in the US.
On the plus side, that means it's spring (hooray!) ...but boy, I'm already missing that hour of sleep.
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We have new tutorials on the IBM Education Assistant website for Rational. Rational Directory Server makes its debut on the site with an installation demonstration. There is also a new demonstration of installing ClearCase Remote Client (CCRC) for Eclipse.
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