Tips for making good coffee (and building better teams)

There are many ways to make coffee.   You’ve got your pre-ground coffee. You’re pre-packaged coffee. Whole Bean coffee.  Self-roasted coffee.  Instant coffee. And as many types of coffee, there are just as many ways to make coffee.  Drip. French Press. Instant. Percolator. Etc etc. For the purposes of this post, let’s look at three ways … Read more Tips for making good coffee (and building better teams)

Generalists are good, experts can be better (sometimes)

Earlier this week I provided a rundown of my experience going through a sleep study in a post titled To manage it, measure it…but don’t destroy it in the process. Turns out, I have sleep apnea based on the outcome of the sleep study.   So…I get to go back to do another sleep study with … Read more Generalists are good, experts can be better (sometimes)

To manage it, measure it…but don’t destroy it in the process

I’m a big believer in the mindset that you’ve got to measure it to manage it. If you can’t measure something, its very difficult to manage that ‘something’.  If you want your websites to load faster, you need to know what ‘fast’ means and have something to compare past, present and future measurements too. You … Read more To manage it, measure it…but don’t destroy it in the process

How do we “fix” Project Failures?

Project Failure

A few months ago I wrote a post titled Cognitive Dissonance & IT. From that post, you’ll remember that cognitive dissonance is: an uncomfortable tension caused by holding contradictory thoughts simultaneously. Cognitive Dissonance is everywhere in IT today, especially in the Project Management side of the house. I think everyone would agree there are a lot of IT project … Read more How do we “fix” Project Failures?

Are we treating the symptoms, or the real problem?

Lately, I’ve been having a lot of knee pain.  For the last few months, its been constant and regular and seemed to get worse when I would spend a lot of time on my feet.  My initial thought was that my years of powerlifting in high school was finally catching up to me and I … Read more Are we treating the symptoms, or the real problem?

Small Business Technology Outsourcing

I’ve been thinking about approaches to small business technology initiatives and whether it makes sense for small business to outsource a good portion of their IT infrastructure and platforms. Most of the things I’ve read on the topic of small business IT outsourcing has been fairly light in terms of advice for small business owners. … Read more Small Business Technology Outsourcing