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Silver Slippers: The Book is Better than the Movie

One of the many luxuries of being able to do a large portion of my jobs from home, is that I get to be an active participant in the daily lives of my family. Recently my wife has started the practice of reading real chapter books aloud to the kids at lunch and before bed. Over the course of the last several months, I’ve had the opportunity of listening to “The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe”, “Because of Winn-Dixie”, and “The Wizard of Oz” read aloud by my wife and experienced for the first time by my children. Read more...

Posted: Sat, Oct 15, 2022, Words: ~2000, Reading Time: 10 min

No Estimates: Project Management without Guessing

I have long been a skeptic of AgileTM. There is no doubt that team-based, flexible, and product/value-focused software development is the best way we’ve discovered so far to build great, useful software. That, I believe, is fairly established even in the most corporate of environments. What I remain skeptical of is “methodologies” and processes which claim to “govern” and “better manage” the agile software development team and process. In my career I’ve found most of these techniques to serve MBAs' and project managers' need to track and quantify rather than to serve the team or improve the craft or quality of software. Read more...

Posted: Fri, Jun 3, 2016, Words: ~1100, Reading Time: 5 min

The Alliance: Honesty in the IT Community

Having recently left one employer for another, the topic of talent retention is fresh on my mind. When I started my new job at LifeWay the director over my department asked me to read The Alliance by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, and and Chris Yeh. At first glance The Alliance looked like the typical IT management book. At only about 150 pages with a largish font and a trendy cover, my expectations where not high. Read more...

Posted: Tue, May 17, 2016, Words: ~900, Reading Time: 4 min

The Boxcar Children

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Waner was a very good book. The main characters in the book are Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny. They have ran away from their grandfather. The story starts off when the four children are at a bakery. The owner is inside the store watching them look through the window at the food. They enter and ask if they can stay for the night. She says yes. Read more...

Posted: Fri, Jan 1, 1993, Words: ~200, Reading Time: 1 min