Category Archives: From the Forge

The Cargo Cult of Software Development

Photo by Bobby Johnson The Cargo Cult (for those who haven’t heard of it) is an incredibly fascinating phenomenon.  Most widely known during and after World War II, Cargo Cults are the result of tribes on remote islands coming in contact with military occupation.  Planes would come out of the sky and land nearby, containing […]

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Balance (and why I think it’s critical)

Had a great chat this weekend with one of my favorite human beings.  It really gave me perspective after a rough month of April. I’ve been lucky enough to be around some incredibly talented people in my life.  Some of them are talented to the point of “I didn’t even know that was possible”.  Others […]

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A Bite-Sized Treatise on Capitalism

I promise not to go too far into the weeds with this one.  It’s more of a bite-sized treatise, I promise.  Capitalism can sometimes get a bad rap in American society (and the world, for that matter), but it’s easily the closest-to-perfect economic system ever devised.  Let’s see if we can get through this without […]

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Tribal Knowledge as a key asset

For those that haven’t heard the term “Tribal Knowledge“, it is usually associated with Six Sigma training (don’t get me started on why that has little value in the modern world).  Basically, it means “knowledge ‘known’ yet undocumented”.   The best companies in the history of the world have relied on these nuggets of differentiation […]

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Platitudes

I’m a big fan of words.  I get it from my dad, but I like to toss out the occasional 5 dollar word, such as: “platitudes”, “circuitous”, “porcine”, or “tangential”.  Not really a big deal in nerd circles, but I used to play in a metal band so it catches people by surprise sometimes.  Platitudes […]

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Technology for Technology’s sake

I’m an unabashed technophile.  I am constantly trolling places like Reddit, Youtube, Kickstarter and Twitter to learn about useful technology. One thing I’m definitely opposed to, however, is embracing new technology simply because it’s new.  Kickstarter is a great place to learn about new inventions that are probably going to be more in the never-really-be-ready-for-mass-market […]

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Pack Mentality

Ok, it’s Mr. Labored-Metaphor here with another edition of “Let’s Confuse the Reader”. Sometimes I get a little tired of people and companies subtly bragging about how rebellious and unique they are.  Blazing their own trail.  Such a maverick.  Rebel.  Such a black sheep.  So out of step. The truth of the matter is…Most people […]

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IOT – The InTRAnet of things

You’ve likely heard the acronym IOT by now, but in case you haven’t it’s the Internet Of Things.  I remember when Sun Microsystems REALLY, REALLY wanted Java to take hold as the new, hip language for developers of all stripes.  Boy did they pull out all the stops.  Unfortunately (as with  many marketing-driven things) it was […]

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