If you are a manager in a software development company, there is a good chance that you are not coding anymore. A typical organization does not expect managers to be writing code and contributing to products that are released. This usually results in managers stepping away from coding and the details that go along with it.
But is this how it should be? Let me tell you my story. Continue reading
Recently, major airlines including American, Delta, and United have adopted new maximum dimensions for their carry-on baggage allowances. The industry standard used to be 22in x 15in x 9in, but those have recently shrunk, according to George Hobica, founder of Airfarewatchdog.
In the middle of June, Sabre held the “Innovation Garage” – an event combining a Hackathon with a business-case pitch. It’s a competition where everyone in the organization could present his or her best idea to invent something new. If you’ve read my recent articles you’ll know my overall excitement for the event, and my enthusiasm for our latest technology – Sabre Dev Studio. I’m proud to report to you that in the 24-hour contest, my team planned, programmed, and presented a fully working feature that improves the TripCase experience in a totally unique way. Although we didn’t take first place this year, I’ve never felt more successful.
Working all night long is an intimidating thought, but pulling together an excellent team made all the difference. It was crucial to team with people who have the technical skills and optimistic attitude to make the project a reality. Let me tell you who was on my team: Continue reading
Traveling for business can be fun – it’s a great way to see the world and experience the different cultures of your partners, coworkers, and clients. However, it can also be a big drain on your productivity if you’re not prepared. Here are a few ways you can maintain your productivity while you’re on the road.
1. Setup an email auto-response or out-of-office message – if you’re constantly traveling, you may be tempted to skip this. However, a properly created auto-response can help funnel inquiries to an assistant or coworker who may be able to respond more quickly than you. It can also set proper response expectations for your contacts, freeing you from the urge to respond immediately.
2. Choose a hotel with the right amenities – instead of looking for a hotel with a great pool or on-site sauna, look for hotels with an on-site office center, dry cleaning, or other business-centric offers. Being able to work properly and have the support you need will help you feel more relaxed in the long run.
3. Keep an ethernet cable in your bag – don’t gamble on the hotel WiFi – it may be a slow connection, or you may not get a strong signal in your room on the 20th floor. Most hotel rooms have an in-room ethernet port, and a wired connection is usually much more stable, reliable, and faster than wireless. A 6-foot ethernet cable won’t take up much room, but it’ll give you enough slack to get comfortable while working.
4. Use TripCase – OK, so this is a bit of an obvious one, but TripCase can keep you focused on work, since you won’t need to waste time shuffling through various confirmation emails or worrying about whether your flight is delayed or on time.
What’s your best trick for staying productive while traveling?
Every day, thousands of travelers trust TripCase with their trips across the U.S. and around the globe. We’re constantly tracking this data to improve our service for users, and moving forward, we’d like to share more of that with you. To start with, our product team spent a little bit of time capturing trip destination data for a few days (June 2nd through June 7th) across the United States, and mapping it out over time.
The result is pretty incredible. It was interesting to see that the data, when animated like this, comes and goes in waves across the map. This represents over 100,000 unique destination locations, and shows how TripCase users are traveling throughout the U.S.
What’s the last U.S. city you traveled to?