Thinking in Patterns: Front Controlller

As software developers we try to use Software Patterns to describe our work.  Book that brought this to the software industry from the architecture was Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Objected-Oriented Software, or commonly know as the Gang of Four (GoF).  They describe many patterns in this big book.  Today I would like to discuss […]

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Figure it out

I was watching of all things Canadian Football a few weeks ago.   The halftime show had a special feature on one of the coaches for the running backs coach of the Montreal Alouettes.  His name is Mark Speckman, and he has no hands.  I thought that was interesting but I assumed he didn’t play football. […]

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BATNA, what is BATNA mean?

Continuing on from our discussion yesterday on Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher and William Ury, there is an additional topic they covered.  The talk about BATNA or Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement.  We have to be prepared for situations where the negotiations break down or the other side is much more powerful.  This […]

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Yes

Getting to Yes

Recently we had a lunch and learn at Zirous where we discussed working with people and companies.  Our company leader Mike McDermott mentioned a good book to read on any type of negotiation is Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher and William Ury.  As luck would have it a co-worker had the book on his […]

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The Lean Startup

The Lean Startup

I just finished reading The Lean Startup by Eric Ries.  In it he details his work as CTO at IMVU.  He talks about how he setup a Agile development environment and how they iterated over changes to the application they were working on.  The Lean Startup uses principles that are part of Lean Manufacturing, these […]

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Build your own Technology Radar

Do you have a technology radar?

Neal Ford of Thoughtworks gave a though provoking presentation this weekend at CISS.  He spoke about technology radar in his presentation entitled “Build your own Technology Radar.”  This makes a lot of sense to someone who has seen a lot of hot new things come and go.  It is always hard to pick technology that […]

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Do you know your personality?

I spoke yesterday about Ken Kousen’s discussion at CISS.  He talked about Personality profiles in his presentation.  I have taken a few of these in my career.  I remember doing this in an Organizational Behavior class at University of Northern Iowa and when I was interviewing for a sales job out of college.  Ken simplified […]

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CISS Kenneth Kousen

No Fluff Just Stuff 2013

  This weekend I was one of the attendees at No Fluff Just Stuff’s stop called the Central Iowa Software Symposium or CISS.  I enjoyed many of the speakers.  One session I really enjoyed was entitled Managing your Manager by Kenneth Kousen.  He did a good job of detailing the professional relationships we have in […]

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Oracle Unified Method

On Wednesday at Zirous we had a Lunch and Learn over the Oracle Unified Method.  Jill Roozeboom and Mark Meyers presented to many of our Zirous co-workers.  Oracle Unified Method or OUM for short is a system to develop software that is similar to the Unified Process.  OUM is a higher level methodology for software development […]

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Oracle E-Business Suite

Oracle E-Business Suite

    In starting my new job a few weeks ago at Zirous, an Oracle Partner, I needed to brush up on some of the products Oracle has.  One product I started looking at is the Oracle E-Business Suite. The following is an excerpt from the book Oracle E-Business Suite: Development & Extensibility Handbook published […]

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