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September 12, 2016

I was in Boston for a software conference recently, and – for reasons I don’t fully understand, but I’m sure the travel agent did – I arrived at noon the day before the conference began. Having a half day of free time in Boston, I did what any other Revolutionary War history buff would do,…

MOREMistakes Were Made.

August 20, 2016

I was in a conversation with my daughter the other day – she’s been doing a lot of auditioning lately and is working hard to get herself more deeply involved in musical theatre. I commented that, despite her many lessons and auditions, I’d never heard her sing, and she responded, “That’s by design, Dad. To…

MOREThe Details are Inside.

June 1, 2016

I was in a conversation yesterday about a forecasting tool we use to manage our sales pipeline in Application Development at OST. I’m frustrated about some of the tool’s limitations, and I was ranting to one of my peers, Rob, that I wanted to throw it out and build something new. Rob tilted his head to…

MORELet’s Talk Ketchup

May 5, 2016

Data is funny. We use it to tell us all sorts of things. We call it empirical. We talk about how the data doesn’t lie. We look at numbers, look at trends, and we draw conclusions – not just the data scientists in the crowd, but everybody. How much money did you make last year?…

MOREData Doesn’t Lie.

April 13, 2016

Those who know me well know that I am obsessed with Alexander Hamilton. He’s the founding father you didn’t learn about in US History, mostly because he never became President. You probably know he was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr, you might even recognize him as the dude currently gracing your ten-dollar bill,…

MOREAlexander Hamilton & Agile Software Development

March 2, 2016

We had a kind of odd Leap Day celebration this year at OST (the company where I spend my working hours) – we ran a one-day-only pop-up restaurant from within our headquarters in Grand Rapids. I know what you’re thinking: “Wait, what?” I’ll say it again. We served breakfast and lunch to nearly 80 customers,…

MOREService is Service.

February 11, 2016

Winter is here, at last, and as the primary snow shoveler in my family, let me say I’m none too happy about it. The past week brought me a foot of snow, and it’s not gonna shovel itself. Staring out my kitchen window at twelve heavy inches of snow burying my driveway, it was daunting…

MORESnow Business