Agile coaches, project and product managers all have their strengths. While the specifics tend to differ wildly, I can usually divide them into two camps: the immediate and the future. The immediate specialists are awesome day-to-day negotiators of roadblocks and issues that arise on the team. They love spending time with the team, keeping meetings […]Read more "Blog Post: Are You Better At Focusing On The Future Or The Immediate?"
Inspiration comes to me every day. Sometimes it’s in the form of an encouraging tweet, a text, or a phone call. Most of the time, though, I’m sleeping right next to inspiration. My wife shows me every day the realization that we are a work in progress. She wakes up every day and asks tough questions […]Read more "Blog Post: Look Past The Obstacle Towards The Goal"
Nothing makes you take a hard look at yourself like a 12-step program. While I am not finished yet, I am close enough to see the whole picture as it was meant to unfold. Having forced myself to look upon my past, and recognized what impact it had on who I am now, I can […]Read more "Blog Post: What Can A 12-Step Program Teach You About Professional Growth?"
A friend was recently telling me about his family’s land in South Texas. You see, while his father’s family were very hard workers, they grew up with equally meager surroundings. It was easy to acquire land back then, because it was cheap and not worth much other than herding cattle. When his grandparents died, they […]Read more "Blog Post: Where, Or Who, Can You Mine For Resources?"
If we’re going to puff up our chests and be all macho about it, nobody really wants to fail at anything. You’re reading the words of a man who doesn’t have patience when I have to explain something twice — regardless of how well I articulated my point. The minute my wife challenges an opinion, […]Read more "Blog Post: How Do You Define ‘Fail’?"
We do short release cycles at Bottle Rocket. Mobile technology has called for smaller code bases, but I don’t think it’s just this industry has this issue. The days of being paid per line of code, or large applications being seen as higher quality, are over. To allow for pivoting product priorities, easier maintenance, and […]Read more "Blog Post: Is Your Team Really Ready To Start?"
When I was still trying to find my writing voice prior to this blog, I reviewed comic books; a ton of them. Sometimes it seemed like I just hammered away at my keyboard, filled with nerd rage. Occasionally, genuine criticism seeped out of my posts. Point being, I’m not a literary savant by any stretch. […]Read more "‘Hooked’ Teaches Ability And Responsibility For Attracting Users"
The term “Minimum Viable Product” has been around for so long that it is now a cliche. If you aren’t writing a post on how the startup framework stinks, you’re writing about how you’ve improved upon it. Take, for example, this post by the very talented Robleh Jama of Tiny Hearts. The app studio founder […]Read more "Blog Post: Can We Stop Being So Literal With ‘Viable’ Please?"
The airwaves in December are filled with making your dreams come true. Commercials (you know, the stuff you fast forward through), have taught us that everyone wants a car with a big red bow, the newest Apple device, and for him to go to Jared. Not only do we want it, we deserve it. It […]Read more "Blog Post: What Is Your Hyperreality?"
The post began with me very earnestly breaking down a very well-written post by Tony Shawver at Matrix on burndown charts. After voicing on Twitter that I respected his thoughts, but disagreed with the execution. With the relationship I had built with them online, they suggested I write a rebuttal. It was really good, in […]Read more "Blog Post: Does Your Team Have A Scoreboard?"