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Software, You’re Doing it Wrong

I spend most of my waking day on a computer, using software. Then I get on twitter and share all the many ways that software annoys me, frustrates me, or just plain pisses me off.

Because most software sucks.

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Direction of Intelligent Computing

Over the last few months, something has been sticking me in the left side of my brain as it pertains to computing and the overall feel to where we are in computing.  This came about in some great conversations during the recent MVP Summit and sparked th…

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Successful Consulting Series – Technical Aptitude

The Successful Consulting Series is a set of articles that are being written to both, help decisions on joining the consulting field and also, help existing consultants in their professional development initiatives.  Please visit, “Successful Consulting…

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Retrospective for a (Great) Job

It was a hard decision, but I recently left what was the best job I’d ever had in my life.  A lot of what made it great was the people there, but a big part of it was the way we worked as well. Since frequent retrospectives were such an important part o…

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Be Mindful With Your Code

This post really started over fifteen years ago, if only I had known it then. You see, once upon a time I wrote a piece of code with nonsense variable names and, another time, a bunch of dynamic, inline SQL, and there was that time I tried to write half the program on one line. And lets not even get started on error messages….

Then I got better.

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Institutional Knowledge

I recently was part of a company supported volunteer project. This project involved ten different people from various groups within my organization who had wanted to join the project – myself included. Indeed, I was the only one from my group but it did…

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When to step back

As I noted previously, I have moved from the world of development over to the world of project management (among other things). And, as I continue to learn and hone my skills in this new world, I will post my thoughts, experiences and observations here.…

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Sorry, I am not a programmer. Sorry, then you should not be writing code for me.

Today I heard the famous words “Sorry I’m not a programmer” from the vendor of one of our new projects. But the guy was writing webservices for us. And he was doing it wrong in a dreadful way. And to make manners worse he wrote it all in VB.Net.

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DNA, security and privacy

Just some thoughts I had in the middle of the night.

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Bad Medicine – How Prescription Becomes a Problem in User Stories

For almost as long as I’ve been at my current job, we’ve been pushing for some kind of acceptance criteria from our QA group, both to serve as a contract for what we are estimating and to make the handoff of stories from dev to QA smoother.  With the mo…

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