Category Archives: Management

Stitching Together A Saas Of SaaS (And Never Owning A Single Server)

In the late 90′s and early 2000′s, I spent a lot of time working with IT / operations departments to get servers procured, setup, configured and running the web apps that I was building. This was a large part of … Continue reading 

Also posted in Analysis and Design, Business, Networking, Product Reviews, Productivity, SignalLeaf, Tools and Vendors, WatchMeCode, Web | 6 Comments

My Smart Phone Made Me Dumb. I Fixed It.

I’ve been one of the many millions of people addicted to my phone, in the last 4 or 5 years – constantly pulling it out to check … something… anything… twitter, Google+, email, the weather or news… anything to get … Continue reading 

Also posted in AntiPatterns, Mobile, Networking, Pragmatism | 14 Comments

It’s Not Always “All Or Nothing”

Have you ever been terrified to try something? Not because you don’t think you would enjoy it, but because it’s new, different, scary and potentially dangerous? Or because you see one potential path – the easy path – that it … Continue reading 

Also posted in Business, Consulting, Pragmatism | 4 Comments

A Better Team: Arrogance And Accepting Your Own Strengths

My wife and I went to a 5 Guys burgers for lunch today. She’s a vegetarian, so we don’t go there very often. They do have a grilled cheese which she likes, but you can only get that so many … Continue reading 

Also posted in AntiPatterns, Coaching | 10 Comments

Don’t Make Me Choose To Follow The Standards

Most systems that involve humans making decisions have a set of standards: guidelines, rules and/or policies that help people make good decisions. These standards are usually in place for good reason – to prevent bad things from happening or to … Continue reading 

Also posted in Analysis and Design, Pragmatism, Principles and Patterns, Security, Standardized Work, User Experience | 10 Comments

Becoming An Independent Consultant

After one year of a working with an amazing team and a great company at TrackAbout (well, 361 days. 4 days shy of a year), I am moving on. Starting on Monday, November 15th, I will be a self-employed consultant! … Continue reading 

Also posted in Consulting, Pragmatism, Ruby | 5 Comments

Knowing when to ask

It doesn’t matter how much experience you have, what your title is, or whether you are considered a leader in the team / project / company. If you don’t know yourself and when you need to ask questions, you’re going … Continue reading 

Also posted in Coaching, Pragmatism, Principles and Patterns | 2 Comments

Work In Process (WIP) Limits, Policies, Etc.

I had a great discussion a few of my team members this morning. We were discussion work in process (WIP) limits, policies, and other items that are related to both of those. By the end of the discussion we had … Continue reading 

Also posted in Agile, Continuous Improvement, Kaizen, Kanban, Lean Systems | Leave a comment

Lean Software & Systems Conference 2010 (#LSSC10) Review

Last week I attended (and presented at) the Lean Software & Systems Conference in Atlanta and it was well worth the trip! Everything from the keynote speakers to the individual sessions, from the hotel accommodations to the conference rooms, was … Continue reading 

Also posted in Community, Continuous Improvement, Kaizen, Kanban, Lean Systems, LSSC, LSSC10InfoQ, Networking, Presentations | 8 Comments

Using ROI As A Constraint, Not An End In Itself

I had a fun conversation over instant messenger yesterday. The original subject matter revolved around a problem that the other person was having and how that problem was consuming a number of minutes per day with repetitive, tedious work. At … Continue reading 

Also posted in Coaching, Kaizen, Metrics, Philosophy of Software | 2 Comments