Category : Unsolicited Advice

Agile/DevOps Maturity Model at the Team Level

This is going to upset a lot of consultants, but I think Agile/DevOps maturity models are ridiculous.  Most of them are setup to test if you look like a good Agile team, rather than checking what really matters. I typically see questions like; “Is your team 7 +/- 2?”, “Do…

Staying Plugged In To Tech News

If you’ve been in the IT Industry long, you know about the worst kind of meeting.  The one where you sit down and your boss or one of your key clients says, “Tell me more about <Name of Tech Company That Is Key To Your Company> doing <Game Changing Move…

Money as the Root of All Good

I thought I’d do Ayn Rand a favor and cut Francisco’s BRILLIANT speech at Jim Taggert’s wedding in Atlas Shrugged, down to what needed to be said.  Rand likes to spend too much time personifying and attacking the enemies of capitalism instead of embracing the meaning of it.  This passage…

The Facebook IPO’s Effect on Software Startups

Two of the heavyweights in the startup world have now weighed in on the Facebook IPO and how it impacts the early stage software world, so I figured it’s time I did to.  Paul Graham has warned the companies in Y-Combinator about the dangers of needing money at a time…

Entrepreneurial Lessons from The Great Gatsby

And as the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors’ eyes – a fresh, green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby’s…

Technology Perceptions

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/Jvesci/status/206036866028412928″] Pittsburgh tech blogger Jaclyn V (@Jvesci) was in a car wreck this AM and the twitter post she made about it above struck me as interesting.  Just a few days ago I was having a conversation with a friend of mine (who’s not much older than Jaclyn) where…

Unapologetically Competent

I have been called egotistical.  I don’t think it’s a fare accusation at all.  As someone with big dreams and plenty of self-confidence I do my best to make sure I know and acknowledge my many weaknesses.  All you have to do is point out that I’m easily lost (awful…

A Thought on My 29th Birthday

This world demands the qualities of youth; not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the life of ease. – Robert F. Kennedy Last year I…

Zuck’s Sweatshirt

Mark Zuckerberg goes on TV to ring the bell in 5 days and the big question is, will he be wearing his Sweatshirt or will he put on a suit jacket? I’m not planning to invest in Facebook, but if I were, I would be hoping he sticks to his…

Vivisimo Shows You Don’t Have to Sell Fast

Thanks to the Instagram sale there’s another frenzy of articles and people who want to talk about how VC/Seed funded startups “work”.  They want to tell you that startups come up with a good idea, prototype, get funded, create massive growth, and then sell… just like that.  This worked for…