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Conduct a Field Test

Conduct a Field Test

This week, find an opportunity to conduct a field test, and then test something. Too often, we build and create and overthink when we could have done a simple field test first. Complexity, however warranted you might believe it to be, may not be necessary after some additional thought. I have a new hobby—ultralight backpack camping and hiking. And … Continued

iPad Computing = Almost 100%

iPad Computing = Almost 100%

Yes, I’ve switched my main computer over to an iPad. No, it doesn’t work for 100% of my computing needs. But. It’s the future. It’s small. It’s amazing. And it’s teaching me to think differently. Here’s how. Why I Made the Jump First, why did I choose to move from a MacBook to an iPad? There were … Continued

Roses, Thorns, Buds

Roses, Thorns, Buds

2016 was–by many accounts–the worst year in modern history. Many famous people died. Politics took an alarming turn. The structure of our society and the beliefs we all share don’t seem to be as shared or as certain as we may have thought. People are hurting, and that pain is becoming public in unexpected ways. But … Continued

Level Up Your Pattern Recognition

Level Up Your Pattern Recognition

This is a game called Luminations. It was first made in 1989. There are five levels, and your goal is to recognize the internal pattern and flip the device over until all four corners are solid red. Easy enough. On Level 1, only one color changes – the one brought up — and it cycles … Continued

Do Something Good For Someone Else

Do Something Good For Someone Else

For the TOTW, we’re going back to the basics: Helping Others. This video was created by electrik.co and the audio is from a TED Talk by author and speaker Simon Sinek.   This week intentionally “do something good for someone else.” Then do it for many people.

You Can Go Away

You Can Go Away

When I was in college, I had a teacher who ended the very first class day with a dismissive wave of the hands and the statement “You can now all go away.” Some students took umbrage with this and called the teacher out on it afterward. So on the second day of class, the teacher … Continued

Crush It

Crush It

In September Ryan had you focus your abilities and attention with Headspace. You became mindful of your thoughts and your environment. Then Evan directed you to used that energy to be competitive to see and make choices to push yourself further. This week, I want you to go the distance. Set aside time to gather your … Continued

Do it the Hard Way

Do it the Hard Way

There is always a better way to do a project: Use better tools. Think smarter about your process. Involve the experts. Complete tasks in an optimal order. Account for the edge cases. This week, I want you to throw all of that out and do it the hard way. Stop looking for shortcuts, and don’t over-engineer your solutions. Have 400 … Continued

Read a Book

Read a Book

1. Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time 2. Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod 3. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity 4. Programming Elixir: Functional |> Concurrent |> Pragmatic |> Fun 5. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore Watching TV is easy and feels relaxing after long day of thinking. But this … Continued

On Diversity

On Diversity

Recently, I read through Inclusion Inspires Innovation, Apple’s latest update on their diversity efforts. I applaud their efforts. In our experience, building an inclusive team is harder than it sounds, and while they acknowledge they still have work to do on this front, I’m excited to see their efforts to promote a diverse workforce.  To be honest, we … Continued

Excellence is Not Enough

Excellence is Not Enough

Not too long ago I read “Where A Life Worth Living Comes From” by Umar Haque and I was reminded why Software for Good exists. If you haven’t read his post yet, go read it. I’ll wait here. Good right? As a business, we can help you answer Umar’s first set of questions. We build software, … Continued

Three Things Every Day

Three Things Every Day

I wanted to pick something that might be helpful to you but more so, appropriate coming from me. And whatever that implies. So this week, I’m going to ask you to MAKE A LIST of THREE THINGS for EACH DAY. Step 1: Open your computer, get ready to work. Step 2: Write down three things that you want … Continued

Get Started Already. Worry About Stopping Later.

Get Started Already. Worry About Stopping Later.

There are all sorts of marketing strategies to pull you in to buy a product: Buy one get one free! Free consultation! First 30 days free! In the software development world, this often looks like a free analysis of your project and maybe some help organizing your project. Listing out the individual tasks, etc. Perhaps … Continued

Put A Bow On It

Put A Bow On It

You just got a birthday gift! But…kinda disappointing that it came in a gift bag, right? We’ve all been there. The gift bag is a quick and easy way to give a gift, but when you’re the recipient—well, a gift bag makes it feel a little half-hearted. This week, we’re putting a bow on our work. We’re taking time to … Continued

Longing for Quality Audio

Longing for Quality Audio

We’re living in a time of continuous connectivity. You can connect with me by text message, by instant message, by Google Hangout, by Twitter, by phone, by email, by Slack… But all I want is a simple, easy-to-use, high-quality audio conference calling system. Before we go any further, let me be clear:  This is a rant. … Continued