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Air Traffic Control

September 29, 2009 By: Nick Keenan Category: productivity

Why are this blog (and other blogs) so quiet these days? We’re all landing planes, folks.

Sandy on Marshall Creative:

if you work in project management, you “land planes.” Big projects, small projects — all planes that need to land safely and in one piece. Some are built for transatlantic flights, some have already been in flight for a week and we’ve been brought on board to refuel and and recalibrate. Some are gliders out for a quick spin.

I cannot begin to tell you how thankful I am on days like this for fairly simple and reliable technology like Basecamp and Omnifocus, but more importantly, good collaborators: Sandy, Dan, New Leaf, and most especially Marni have been landing some pretty critical planes in some pretty stormy weather.

Today was one of those days that I knew could have been a day of crisis, of disaster. In chaos there’s always the chance of mid-air collision. Everything needed to be grounded ASAP. We had about seven planes running on fumes, and fourteen more on the way in the next couple weeks. And the team responded. And the planes lined up. They’re still coming in, but now they’re neatly spaced, with plenty of room between them.

It’s a real good feeling when you earn your beer at the end of the night.

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1 Comments to “Air Traffic Control”


  1. Jason Crystal says:

    I’d add DropBox (getdropbox.com) to that list of simple and reliable technologies.

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