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Visualizing user interaction with your site.

4 September 2008

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I really like the app on AngelSoft’s new homepage. A long time ago I created an app that would post messages to the homepage in a ticker when site visitors would do stuff. It was for a liberal political action NGO. From the homepage of this NGO’s site the ticker would flash messages like “A […]

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Filed under: “you gotta be kidding me” — Patent issued for Page Up Page Down

27 August 2008

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Microsoft has been issued a patent on Page-Up/Page-Down functionality (see below). I was annoyed when Amazon patented One-Click-Checkout, but this patent is even more troubling. I have written about Patent craziness before, mostly as it related to “Submarine Patents” (i.e. patents for products that will never see the light of day, to the benefit of […]

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Scrum: Top Ten Signs You’re Doing It Wrong

19 August 2008

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A lot of people are in the business of cataloging “Scrum Smells”,  those warning flags that indicate you may have some problems in your agile development process. These are the ones that I think are important, and common. If these things are happening on your team, UR DOIN IT WRONG. Your Burndown Chart does not […]

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You are invited to my open alpha of MyQuotable.com

21 July 2008

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Quotes. I love quoting people. I have a ton of quotes saved in text files, on my blog, in my various mood messages on IM platforms, and who-know-where-else. I decided to build an application to manage, organize, and syndicate quotes. You can read more about it on my project page for MyQuotable. If you read […]

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Innovation and business are difficult to do at the same time, REDUX

11 July 2008

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In technology, knowledge is the important asset. Sharing knowledge is the important work. Conversations are therefore the most critical element of the business. There are particular conversations that are important to facilitate, encourage, and enable. As managers and architects of our businesses, it is important for us to make sure that productive, meaningful information flow […]

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Say what you’d say if you weren’t worried about getting fired.

10 July 2008

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I made myself this promise my first day as Director of Software Engineering for a technology startup. Many people spend a lot of time trying to figure out the political landscape, the business environment, and the legacy on their first day of a new job. It’s a better idea to rely on your own brain. […]

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There is no reason to climb a ladder if you aren’t interested in what is at the top.

6 July 2008

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I went to B-School when I was stuck in a corporate job, looking for a way to climb to the next level of misery. By my last year of MBA classes, I had made a radical 180 in my thinking. Smart people don’t need to stick with lousy jobs. That is follower behavior. Lead and […]

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Innovation and business are difficult to do at the same time.

6 July 2008

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Innovation is not efficient. It is inherently wasteful. There is churn and rework. However, it is the only strategy to sustain a competitive advantage. So to the extent that you can organize your teams and processes to embrace this fact, you will be successful.

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Leading people means letting them grow

6 July 2008

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Self-organization and empowerment of teams has a really powerful influence on success. I had a garden one year that I micromanaged. I pruned it, weeded it, watered it, fertilized it, and generally over-managed. It died. The next year, I did a whole lot less micromanaging, and it grew to produce a lot of fruits. People […]

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Some B-school and Startup reflections

6 July 2008

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My friend and colleague Theo Nguyen-Cao posted on his blog about considering graduate school. He inspired me to dig up some reflections on my B-School experience and my startup lifestyle. I’ve learned a few things working on startups while going to B-School. Here’s just one: Creation of value means more than selling more Delivering value […]

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