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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

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

McDonalds offices

Knowledge workers, including many who are young, urban professionals don't want long commutes and they certainly don't want to have to get stuck in traffic. Many don't even own a car. They prefer to live,... Read More

March 9, 2020

Email etiquette; salutations and valedictions

Salutation What It is a simple written indication, confirming the person you are emailing For example: Brian, Why When you use a salutation you convey a couple things: You can communicate in a professional way... Read More

March 4, 2020

Read everything three times

Having spent 20+ years working in the information business, I've noticed two distinct groups of people; those who can consistently, accurately process information and those who seem to constantly mis-read, misunderstand or otherwise fail to... Read More

February 26, 2020

REMFs vs Grunts; empowering those closest to problems to solve them

In war, at least in a traditional conflict, there is a front line, and you are close or far away from it. The closer to the front, the more familiar you were with the terrain,... Read More

February 18, 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