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Please remember also that any strategy that lacks a legislative component will epic fail. Left to their own devices, agencies will continue to lumber along with the status quo. Trust me, it is a tar pit from which there is no escape, unless... ...the electeds mandate change. Then, the agencies will be held accountable for achieving the right goals.
Toggle Commented Oct 21, 2009 on A Call for Transportation Innovation at Summation
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Simply reducing the number of single occupancy vehicle trips would reduce congestion, fuel consumption, and pollution. Americans are not going to give up their cars anytime soon. We also don't have the ability to build more freeways/lanes. We will rock the (already knackered) electrical grid with more (plugin) hybrids, but that won't make much of a dent in the problems. Good luck in getting government agencies, especially DOTs and MPOs, to innovate, especially when their technologies and methodologies are of early 1990s vintage.
Toggle Commented Oct 21, 2009 on A Call for Transportation Innovation at Summation
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If you're open to people still in college for the 'rock star PM' gig, then you should probably change the Master of Product Management job description on Rapleaf to open up that filter. I respectfully disagree that 'a great PM will quickly get promoted'. It depends upon the company and it's industry context as well as personal circumstances. For instance, what if a great PM gets a money spinning product ready to launch just when the company runs out of funding? What if the Uber PM loses a child at birth? The whole 'the cream always rises to the top' argument ignores a lot of proof to the contrary. I think Malcom Gladwell, in his inimitable pop-culture way, states that case pretty well in 'Outliers'. Not everyone starts from the same place. Extraordinary talent can be found in unexpected places and in novel ways. Fair enough to say: 'yes, there might be great PMs that don't have an illustrious track record, but we will manage our hiring risk by only looking at those who have a few 'double platinum' hit products. However, the 'proven' concept is mutex with 'still in college', isn't it?
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2009 on why hiring a product manager is so hard at Summation
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