June 19, 2018

Primed to Perform

Recently I was encouraged to read Primed to Perform by Neel Doshi, and Lindsay McGregor, and I could not have been more delighted. The style of writing fits precisely with my learning style of essentially teaching by example. The case studies and examples are compelling and the data yields tremendous value that I found to be directly and immediately applicable to my daily work life; and to a lesser extent also with how to help my kids be more successful too. I myself found tremendous value in the anecdotes and studies reviewed by the author covering topics like attribution bias, direct vs. indirect motivators, total motivation (“tomo”) and many others. Most…

June 1, 2018

When Duplication Is Not The Devil

Something I heard in a meeting yesterday resonated with me on a core level; particularly given my head first dive into microservices, “the cloud” and everything in between. “If the cost/effort of avoiding duplication of [anything] outweighs the cost of simply duplicating [it] in the name of faster execution, just duplicate the work and figure it out as you go!” This may sound crazy in our world of SOA and DRY and pick your favorite acronym but in reality it is an ultimate truth. At the end of the day software is solving problems and/or serving customers. If your attempts at being fancy interfere with that service, then where is…

May 22, 2018

Communication communication communication

We hear it every day, and generally from everyone; communication is key! It’s almost a cliche at this point yet it remains universal, especially in technology. The more complex your projects become the more important the communication within the team and across teams becomes. After all, we all hate repeating the same meeting to “get everyone on the same page” and to “sync up” don’t we? That being said, never forget the basic tenets of communication if you want to be taken seriously and actually get your message across effectively. Below are some examples along with real life anecdotes and mistakes I have made to illustrate them. Language is important!…