management

  • Apple has acquired Workflow, a powerful automation tool for iPad and iPhone

    Apple has acquired Workflow, a powerful automation tool for iPad and iPhone

    Apple has finalized a deal to acquire Workflow today — a tool that lets you hook together apps and functions within apps in strings of commands to automate tasks. We’ve been tracking this one for a while but were able to confirm just now that the ink on the deal is drying as we speak. I haven’t been able to get financial details for the deal, but if I come up with them… Read More

  • Sortd for Slack launches with an organizational overlay for the popular messaging tool

    Sortd for Slack launches with an organizational overlay for the popular messaging tool

    Like its tool for Gmail, the organizational Slack integration is designed to be a workflow helper and task management tool. Using it, channel leads can assign tasks, manage team priorities and selectively post notifications for status updates. Read More

  • Engineering management may be the most unnatural act of all Crunch Network

    Engineering management may be the most unnatural act of all

    When it comes to software engineering, that management is best which manages least — to borrow Thoreau’s quip about government. While it’s rarely as easy as nodding at a brilliant developer and getting out of the way, the best systems are, like good software, minimalist and lightweight. Read More

  • Executives And Managers Should All Be Elected Crunch Network

    Executives And Managers Should All Be Elected

    When my co-founders and I launched SumAll four years ago we decided we didn’t want to work in an evil, miserable environment. When people have crappy managers and deceitful executives, they start to hate life, and things get evil quickly. So, we came up with a solution: Let employees elect their own leaders and make all managers accountable to the people they manage; if leaders… Read More

  • How Old-School Management Kills Work Culture Crunch Network

    How Old-School Management Kills Work Culture

    Early in my career, I had an encounter with a senior leader that left such a vivid impression on me that I can still remember it like it was yesterday. It was our first meeting as manager-employee. We were less than five minutes into our conversation when he abruptly and sharply interrupted, “Wait, is your chair higher than mine?” Read More

  • Turnaround Management: Does Your Company Need A New Captain? Crunch Network

    Turnaround Management: Does Your Company Need A New Captain?

    When thinking of business “turnaround,” names like McDonald’s and Samsung come to mind as they struggle to navigate the changing market and waning consumer interest. Yet, a business at any stage of growth may require a turnaround or ‘pivot’ on its core strategy. This is a concept with which many startup founders are familiar. Read More

  • DynamicOps Acquisition Helps VMware Differentiate From AWS And Infrastructure Players

    DynamicOps Acquisition Helps VMware Differentiate From AWS And Infrastructure Players

    VMware announced the acquisition today of DynamicOps, a purchase that puts it in position to differentiate itself from the traditional infrastructure providers. It’s not a sexy acquisition, but it’s practical. VMware gets a tighter story for how it plans to add value, in face of deeper competition from the likes of Google, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and OpenStack, the… Read More

  • Tech Industry Managers: Little Men in Big Shoes?

    Tech Industry Managers: Little Men in Big Shoes?


    When I was ready to transition from computer programmer to project manager, my employer, Xerox Corporation, sent me to its huge training center in Leesburg, Virginia. Over two weeks, the people there taught me some of the skills I needed in order to succeed in my new role: managing projects, motivating people, complying with employment regulations, and preparing status reports and presentations. Read More

  • Tech CEOs See Flat Annual Compensation For The First Time In A Decade

    In most years, come rain or shine, executive pay at technology startups always goes up because the competition for talent is always so intense. In 2009, however, cash compensation for CEOs at private technology companies will be flat compared to last year, according to a new CompStudy by executive search firm J. Robert Scott and Ernst & Young. This will be the first time CEO pay at… Read More