Who are you having lunch with?

We all need to work on our network.  Have you called that old friend or emailed your a former co-worker to ask them to lunch?  Who is in your network?  We meet people in many places.  You have people you work with currently that you can get to know.   I coach some youth sports […]

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Getting up to speed

What do you do to get up to speed on a new project?  I recently began working on a new application.  I like to know what is the underlying technology.  The current application I am working on is a legacy application built on Struts 1.0 and Oracle Toplink an ORM tool.  I am even deploying […]

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Good Sunday prep makes a better Monday

How do you spend your Sunday night?  Do you enjoy some good TV?  I will watch a little but I do that sparingly.  I try to use Sunday night and every night to look ahead to what is coming tomorrow and a week ahead.  Sunday night is important time to get anything ready for the […]

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Java in 24 Hours

Java in 24 Hours?

  Java in 24 Hours   I was recently at the West Des Moines library looking for some other books and I stumbled upon this.  When I started programming in Java over ten years ago I read an older version of this book.  It got me started and led me to much thicker tomes.  I […]

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Meeting Basics Part 2

Yesterday we spoke about some slides on Meeting basics.  I wanted to touch on meeting preparation.  This is many times over looked, or we think this is just scheduling the meeting and inviting the people.  These steps are just the start of the meeting preparation.  In looking at slide 5 in this series it talks […]

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Meeting Basics Part 1

We have all been in many meetings where there is no agenda.  It makes me want to scream your wasting our time!  We have no agenda how can we prepare for what is to be discussed.  How can we make sure the right people are in the meeting.  I found some slides on the internet […]

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Incremental vs Big Bang

In software development we have different ways of releasing new changes.  One approach is the Big Bang release where we put every item asked for by the customer.  Usually the customer thinks this is what they want.  They want it all at once and it will just be great.  I am sure anyone who has […]

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Help I’m stressed out!

What do you do when you are stressed out at work?  I like to get up and walk around.  Perhaps go outside for a walk and clear my head.  Sometimes when you think you should tie yourself to your desk and slog through it, I find just some simply deep breaths  can do the trick. […]

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Finding balance

How do you find balance with your life and your career?  I would say I have been pretty fortunate with my various stops in my career.  I have had to put in some long hours at times but, overall it has been good.  I know former co-workers who chased more money and got stuck working […]

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Embracing new technologies

Today I used Bitbucket for the first time.  I was first exposed to github a year ago at a Startup Weekend.  I thought that was very different from the CVS I was using as the time.  Software Configuration Management is side of software development that can bring out strong opinions.  I first started using Visual […]

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