If Your Boss Was a Spin Instructor

June 29, 2011 § 1 Comment

There would be no question if you or your colleagues were keeping up.

If you’re new, she’d be certain you had what you needed to get your job done well.

If your work is too easy, she’d tell you to challenge yourself because you’ll get better.

If you are cheating yourself, she’d call you out on it.

She’d remind you of why you are here in the first place.

There would be many thoughtfully placed milestones throughout the life of the project, and the team would feel a bit more motivated and proud of their work after hitting each one.

When the going gets really tough, she’d remind you of how close you are to hitting that next milestone.

Ultimately, it’s up to you. She’d tell you that what you put into is what you’ll get out of it.


Seth was not wrong. I was.

April 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

In a previous blog post, I disagreed with a post on Seth Godin’s blog about there being a problem with needing to be told what to do. While I still think this is true in the context of technical leadership, I failed to appreciate the context in which Seth was writing. Now, a couple of chapters away from completing his book “Linchpin”, I understand that a Linchpin not only does not need to be told what to do, but a Linchpin creates the map for those who do. The Linchpin provides the creative vision and domain knowledge to build a new map.

The people Seth was referring to are the cogs in the factory (The Factory – this may be the topic of a future post…) . These people are those who are content to just draw a paycheck, and if they’re not told what to do, well, they probably won’t do much of anything.

His book is full of insight and inspiration, and I’m a huge fan. It continues to encourage me, especially as it pertains to the lizard brain and the resistance. I am inspired to be more artful in my development efforts and emotional investments, and most of all to….SHIP!


April 23, 2010 § 3 Comments

I’ve been rethinking this blog lately – my original intent and what I hoped to accomplish with it. While I’ve rediscovered that I like writing, I’m not really writing anything new, nothing original. And this.IsTechnical = false! So, I’m open to suggestions. What do you think I should write about here?

Some of My Goals for 2010

January 3, 2010 § 2 Comments

My Own Top Five Technical Goals

1.  Diversify! It’s time to put some energy into some new projects.

2.  Learn something new.  This list could be one of its own.  At the top of that list would probably be mobile development.  I have plenty of good ideas.  Time to execute.  There are also a lot of new .NET development tools I’d like to get my hands on.  I want to read more on design methodologies, web 2.0, and usability as well.

3.  Get some real agile training and learn how to be a better lead on a development project.

4.  Seriously consider starting my own business.  I was really encouraged by a recent post from Jason Cohen.  Part of this consideration process will be to educate myself more on startups.

5.  Find a way to fund some or all of my Top Five Gadgets I Cannot Afford But Want Really Bad.

Which leads me to…..

Top Five Gadgets I Cannot Afford But Want Really Bad

1.  A Droid.

2.  An iPhone.

3.  Either a tablet (iSlate?) or a netbook.  In red.

4.  Wireless speakers to play internet radio throughout my house.

5.  A Garmin watch.

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