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  • GitHub Gets It

    Published by on November 11th, 2011 7:48 pm under Culture, Customer service

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    I recently asked a friend which source control system he was using for his personal software projects. The seemingly innocuous question led to the admission that he wasn’t using any versioning system; rather his backup strategy involved sleeping next to a USB drive with a saved copy of the daily source, lest there be a... read more
  • Issuing Tokens for ActAs Behavior

    Published by on October 28th, 2011 5:28 pm under Culture, Leadership, Teamwork

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    In today’s software world, applications often use services and components that reside in vastly different locations around the world and on different platforms. Unbeknownst to the end user, the simple click of an OK button on a Web page may spawn bits traversing more miles and visiting more cities than George Clooney in Up in... read more
  • Asado as a Service

    Published by on October 21st, 2011 12:40 pm under Uncategorized

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    Besides soccer, Argentines have another great love: asado. But making great asado for a large group of people is far more involved than firing up a gas grill and throwing on a batch of steaks for 6  minutes a side. It requires the right selection of meats, appropriate cooking area, sufficient guest capacity and an... read more
  • Creating Developer Guidance

    Published by on September 21st, 2011 6:49 pm under Guidance, Learning

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    From the Guardian (based on this IDC Study): At 487bn gigabytes (GB), if the world’s rapidly expanding digital content were printed and bound into books it would form a stack that would stretch from Earth to Pluto 10 times. There’s no question technology is evolving at a rapid pace and top developers (i.e. those that... read more
  • When you describe a favorite restaurant to a friend, what is the word you that you use? Is it “satisfactory”? “Try this place, you’ll find the meal to be satisfactory, and the service, and the ambience. You’ll be satisfied.” That won’t likely motivate anyone to drive out of their way to visit, or return, unless... read more
  • Best or Better?

    Published by on June 13th, 2011 10:39 pm under Culture, Leadership, Teamwork

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    This weekend I saw a weathered sign in an antique store painted with the phrase, Lange’s Best Yet is Better. I liked it (the old fashioned way, with emotion, not by clicking a thumbs up icon). Are you striving to be “the best”? The best is relative…to your competition, your peers, your friends (and if... read more
  • Fundamentals

    Published by on June 10th, 2011 8:50 am under Culture, Leadership

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    This week as I was walking to work, with my mind fresh and free to free to explore and ignore office boundaries, I stepped into the crosswalk as the light blinked “walk”. After a few more steps I suddenly jumped back, as a car rapidly turned the corner and swerved just in front of me,... read more
  • Prerequisites

    Published by on June 7th, 2011 10:59 pm under Culture

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    In the Margaret Mitchell House in Atlanta you can visit the apartment where she penned the iconic novel Gone with the Wind. The apartment is incredibly small – so small that she and her husband had to dine at a tiny table in their bedroom. Margaret herself referred to it as, “the dump.” And yet,... read more
  • Are Your Missing Teammates Under the Bus?

    Published by on June 2nd, 2011 11:55 pm under Culture, Teamwork

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    Like a noxious weed invading a garden, a child’s sports tournament can suddenly, but subtly, overwhelm your weekend plans. If it involves multiple children or multiple sports, be prepared to wind up Sunday evening looking haggard, staring at piles of stuff (especially shoes and gym bags) around the house and asking your spouse, “What just... read more
  • Who We Are, Sans Gloss

    Published by on May 26th, 2011 10:59 am under Culture, Customer service

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    Recently I met with someone who asked for our one page glossy brochure. I replied with an invitation to instead read our blogs, saying, “Would you like to know who we say we are, or who we really are?” For any company (or person) there’s an image they project, and there’s the truth to who... read more