Approaching the problem

Like I explained in my introduction, Building from Scratch, a challenge usually has more than meets the eye, and I think part of what makes a tech consultants, product managers, solution architects, etc. good at their job is understanding the depth of a challenge and what might go into a solution.…

Building from scratch

As a wannabe developer, my skills primarily lie in front end web design. Although I've managed much more technical developers, and regularly work with clients to transcribe requirements into high-level technical specifications. I'd say I know my way around the technologies I work with well enough to be productive. The…

Conversations, not broadcasts

The Internet of the 2000's The Internet is a very different place than it was a decade or two ago. I don't have much room to talk, but I have early memories of AIM (Adium) always being on, using StumbleUpon, Digg, and occasionally del.icio.us. I remember joining forums…

A better way to board an airplane

In the world of things that cause unnecessary stress, boarding a plane is one of them. Everyone boards a little differently, and they all suffer from the same issues that leave the boarding process feeling inefficient and ripe for restructuring.…

How inefficient am I?

I recently found myself wondering how you might go about measuring the efficiency of your contributions to a team. An odd thing to stumble upon, but it was grounded in a recent situation that I'd imagine isn't all to uncommon in industry: you and some coworkers are working on something…

Is productivity linear?

When I started my undergraduate education, I began in a Master’s of Architecture program. And although I didn’t end up graduating with that degree, I’ve recently drawn parallels to some of my recent work, and the challenges I was assigned as a part of my classwork in…

iMessage and the silent takeover of SMS

If we think back to the beginning mobile messaging, the first thing that comes to mind is Blackberry and the Blackberry Messanger (BBM). In a world of SMS, the read recipts and primative smiley faces BBM afforded its users was unique. So unique infact, that RIM was convinced that this…