As the knowledgebase worker economy continues to transition to more agile, more remote, more dynamic and more empowered, your classic micromanager is a dying breed, for good reason. Micromanagement gets a bad reputation because of... Read More

April 9, 2020

“As if”

There is a great scene from the movie, Boiler room, about "acting as if". To paraphrase Ben Affleck's character act as if you are the president of the firm act as if you are endowed... Read More

April 9, 2020

How I learned to stop hating software architects

Why I hate(d) architects 1. Architects love to complicate the Hell out of things. They tend to build Rube Goldberg machines rather than simple, elegant, well architected software that performs well in reasonable conditions. Their... Read More

April 3, 2020

ABC – Always Be Communicating

Of coffee and pirates During my short tenure working downtown in Chapel Hill, NC I would frequent a local watering hole for students, knowledge workers and other coffee aficionados. The place had a relatively new... Read More

February 17, 2020

Lead, follow, then get the Hell out of the way

I was leading an exercise with my infantry platoon in the US Army, under supervision and review of our battalion commander, a Lt. Colonel. Everything was going great and my platoon executed the task, exceeding... Read More

February 15, 2020

Specification design, roles and process – avoiding the line item veto

Line item vetoes and cock blocking In my previous life as a CEO of an enterprise-level software company, we did a lot of work on software design. But I always found this process to be... Read More

January 14, 2020

“You’re f’d!” – the true story of SwapIt.com – Part II

To (kind-of) quote Tolsky, every good company is the same, every bad company is different but in its own way. I’m sure SwapIt.com was the same. As much as I hated being managed myself, it... Read More

January 11, 2020

“You’re f’d!” – the true story of SwapIt.com – Part I

FuckedCompany.com Any of you remember FuckedCompany.com? It was a just a little site in the late 90's, early 2000's, coinciding with the dotcom bubble, that just ranked in the top 20 of the world … ... Read More

January 10, 2020