J.D. Salinger

Salinger in 1950, from Wikipedia

J.D. Salinger died yesterday.

I loved his book “The Catcher in the Rye” so much, I need to re-read it now.

the Apple iPad

Apple iPad, from Wikipedia

So, finally it’s there, the Apple tablet.

There are already thousands of posts about it in the web,  so I will not write about its specifications;
Some finds it good some bad, here are my two cents.

1. Sometimes innovations are not so immediately visible.
Look at this article in Slashdot when the iPod first appeared in 2001.
Comments vary from “No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame.” to “Apple is a normal company. Why does the public constantly expect them do the impossible?”, “Needs iTunes, needs Firewire, costs $400. I don’t see many sales in the future of iPod.”, “I am very sad that Apple seems to be repeating the same mistake they made with the Cube – great, nifty product that anyone would love to own, except that it’s burdened by an unbelievably poor price/performance ratio.”  So much for the early analysis.

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Keys to life are reading and running

[via Ben Casnocha] This is great, exactly my same thoughts.

Will Smith tells the audience at the 2005 Kid’s Choice Awards that the keys to life are running and reading.

Running because when you run you get tired and want to quit and have to train yourself to fight through the pain and be resilient.

Reading because through books you can learn from the people who have lived before you.

Goals 2010

Again, after the 2009 experiment, I wrote down my goals, this time for 2010.

They are not all new, some are not-achieved goals from the last year but I think it’s okay. they are more like a backlog of goals, let’s see how many I can complete. In 2009 they were 12 goals (one for every month) plus 4 bonuses and my velocity was 9 goals (well, almost ten) so this year they will be just 10 goals (plus 4 bonuses).

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The path to a new job

As I have previously mentioned I’m going to start a new challenge in a few days.

It was a long process to find a new interesting job.
Here some final thoughts about it.

First of all, my target: I was looking for a project manager job in a product development area where creating software is the main business, possibly in an interesting industry and  not far away from where I live.

The statistics:

I have written and sent in total 92 curriculum vitae (the majority were spontaneous ones, some I got contacted from a company).

I have got invited to an interview 41 times (45%), so not too bad, if you think that companies in 2009 received hundreds of applications for every single position. I believe that my resume is now nicely tweaked to attract attention (I worked months to fine tune it).

Still it was a lot of effort to land a job.  Either the job description was too generic or my resume too generic but it happened many times that we realize was not a good match to my skills or my expectations.

The main issues I found during the interviews were:

– the company was looking for a “business” project manager, not a technical one; it was ininfluent to know about software development, tools and technologies. Important was just to know the project management theory, to have skills like assertiveness and communication, to know the specific industry (media, automotive, etc.)

– the company was looking for a part time developer/architect/project manager, someone with very deep technology understanding of the specific domain (as J2EE or SAP) and a hands-on mentality.

– the company was looking for someone with a project management certification (PMI or Prince2, agile certifications as a Scrum Master were not considered).

The times for generalist but technical project managers seem very hard …