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Stuff I Wish I'd Known When I Started Working by Fergus O'Connell

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FAILURE IT’S GOOD TO FAIL

In 1985 I worked on a project to develop a laptop computer. Today, a laptop is a piece of consumer electronics but in those days it was revolutionary. Our vision was of executives on the road, arriving at their hotel rooms, downloading their mail, checking the Dow, all the kind of stuff we now take for granted. I led the team which was developing the software.

There came the day when we had to decide what operating system our laptop would run. I wasn’t part of the decision-making process – as the project manager, I just needed ...

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