The first talk was by Peter Senge, of Fifth Discipline fame. He talked about how reducing your company’s carbon footprint and doing other environmenaly-friendly work can improve your company’s profitability. It’s perhaps counter-intuitive, but he is a good speaker and had a variety of good examples. You can see the abstract here, and videos will be online soon.
Next up I listened to Oli de Weck talk about the importance of adaptability and chaneability in systems. He was my System Project Management professor and I really liked him then. He is a good speaker and has good examples. You can see his talk abstract here. His group also has a web site at strategic.mit.edu.
Then I went back to the office, but I came back for the last talk of the day. Valerie Casey, head of “Software Experience” at IDEO, gave a pretty interesting talked about “Networked Culture and the New Cartographers.” She was a good speaker, especially when she got into it and ad-libbed a bit. IDEO is a company I really like, mainly for their super-creative vibe.
I’m also Twittering from the conference.
Thanks to the SDM engineering management program and staff for organizing and sponsoring the conference!