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Micro-followers

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

“I’ll try my best” and other phrases professionals never use

In this article title I lied, because I implied that there would be other phrases besides "I'll try my best" that I would address here. To be honest, I did the best I could. So... Read More

April 8, 2020

The gift of never having to say “Sorry”

Business isn't life. In life, you will have to apologize for your actions, if your transgressions warrant it. But most (1) mistakes in business are just that, mistakes. They weren't intentional, they didn't lead to... Read More

April 8, 2020

Iron jaws and the ability to accept constructive critisism

Backstory I had this guy working for me, to mask his identity let's call him Adam. I can safety say that he was the "worst" guy that I had worked with in 20 years of... Read More

April 8, 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

The Pat Riley Effect – avoid the quality assurance (QA) crush

The QA challenge When you are in QA your “opponent” is invariably whoever you are reviewing. You can be drinking buddies, girlfriend/boyfriend etc – but, if you are any good in QA, you will recognize... Read More

March 23, 2020

Remote communication; medium, tools and examples

Remote communication *isn't* the same as MBWA, Management By Walking Around in an on-premises environment; it can be better. Remote communication allows you to prioritize the signal and reduce the noise, which can actually improve... Read More

March 14, 2020

Paragraphs and white space

I don't know why but failure to properly space paragraphs is extremely prevalent among young writers. This is a problem I see all the time in written correspondence. It is not only structurally incorrect, which... Read More

March 11, 2020

No skills, No experience, No English … No problem

Yivko We hired this guy at my old company, out of Serbia. At that point in my career, I wasn't hiring anyone directly myself, as we had an HR team, and I was only working... Read More

March 10, 2020

Fucking up vs fucking down

I heard a phrase in the Army once that I have oft repeated He can't even fuck up right But as trite and humorous as it is, there is a little wisdom behind that, as... Read More

March 10, 2020