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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Technical interview question that stumped me!

In my recent job change I had a lot of interviews.  A few of these were technical interviews.  In the development field some companies attack the technical interview in a different way.  I can see the value of asking certain questions with Junior Programmers.  I have looked at some resumes that screamed I just copied […]

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Do you have a sales hat?

Many of us in IT don’t know how to market ourselves very well.  Even if we try to be analytical about all decisions we must understand that persuasion is always important.  I was recently having coffee with a friend who is in Technical Sales.  He reminded me to work on your sales skills in whatever […]

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New beginnings, familiar faces

Yesterday I began a new job at Zirous here in West Des Moines.  It is new and familiar all at the same time.  I worked at the same company under a different name.  When I got out of Iowa State University I worked at then Cisco Inc for a few years.  Since then the name […]

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Programmer’s Bookshelf

Every profession has the classic books that most professionals have read.  The field of software development is no different.  When you first start in a field you begin to notice people will quote a lot from certain books.  There is a book that really resonates with me.  The Pragmatic Programmer by Andrew Hunt and David […]

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Do you have a Mentor?

Do you have a Mentor?  I know some organizations have a formal Mentoring program.  I can see the value of the that in a large organization that has an established culture.  This would be a great way for people coming up through the ranks to learn the corporate process.  I have worked in mostly small […]

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