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|what's the big idea?|
by noteworthy at 9:13 am EST, Feb 17, 2015
At the end of your day -- every day! -- write down two things that you did that someone else could have done for you. They might be administrative tasks, housework, or simply to-do items that someone else could have accomplished just as easily. The next day, delegate those items.
The day your vision, what you think needs to be done, is bigger than what you can do single-handedly, then you have to move toward management. And the bigger the vision is, the farther in management you have to go.
You go from something that you feel very protective of, and you feel great ownership of, and suddenly it's not yours anymore, and it's everybody else's. And it's a very -- I think the word 'traumatic' is probably overstated, but it's a really significant point in time.
Lorde / Ella:
the feeling of something very solitary that i had worked on spinning around and around further away from me, becoming someone else's, everyone's.
The thing that gets you past the career plateau of a high-performer is a big idea.
Big ideas are valuable, especially technological big ideas, and sharing your big ideas with the government without any clear and tangible benefit is a lot to ask. We're not suggesting that the DoD is going to take your idea and run with it or anything like that; it's more like, without a well-defined upside, why would anyone bother?
Johannes (Hanno) Bock:
It would be an interesting (and time consuming) project to take a package like PHP and check for all the security vulnerabilities whether they are fixed in the latest packages in Debian Squeeze/Wheezy, all Red Hat Enterprise versions and other long term support systems. PHP is probably more interesting than browsers, because the high profile targets for these vulnerabilities are servers. What worries me: I'm pretty sure some people already do that. They just won't tell you and me, instead they'll write their exploits and sell them to repressive governments or botnet operators.