Thursday, June 13, 2013

Computers and kazoos

Mike McKinley speaking at the recent MSAE annual conference in St. Paul gave everyone a kazoo and asked them to play Happy Birthday. It was  disaster because many people didn't know which end to blow in or that you needed to hum to make a sound. His message was simple - without some coordination, some training, some communication and some plan, the effort was likely to fail. It struck me that we are in the same position today with mobile devices. They are being distributed in organizations with little thought to how they should be used. People just play with them and waste time and energy trying to find out which end to blow in. This was one of the motivations to start the small group chats I mentioned above.

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