Category Archives: From the Forge

Save me the pretense and just get with the truth

I follow several “influencers” on social media, but to be honest there really isn’t a great deal of value in doing so.  Part of the reason I say this is: despite the accepted concept of brevity and honesty in blog-writing, people are still way-too guarded with their opinions.  Too many lame platitudes and catch phrases. […]

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The power of “No”

My first big client was a major retailer who had grown tired of paying a huge ($400k / year) maintenance bill for SAP software they were barely using.  They asked me to build a much simpler application that was designed to meet a simple, strict set of requirements.  Our first iteration of the app was […]

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Getting out of a rut by being creative

Professionally and personally we’ve all had periods of time where we are uninspired, unmotivated and just downright “meh”.  Sometimes it’s just a natural process of the ebbs and flows of life.  Other times it’s a series of unfortunate events or even worse if it’s your own damn fault for making bad decisions.  Everyone handles these […]

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(correctly) Assigning value

Easily one of the most difficult things I had to learn as a developer is this: Estimating my time accurately There are key questions to ask, unforseen issues that arise, and fickle client requirements and changes.  About 4 years ago I changed the way I build my proposals and estimates for projects.  I no longer sell hours. […]

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A good plan now…

  “A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.” or “How I learned to stop dithering and make a decision” I have probably mentioned it before, but the best career advice I’ve ever gotten came from a mentor of mine who told me: “You are very persistent,  but you […]

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The Sophomore Slump

I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit lately.  Why do so many pro athletes experience what they call “The Sophomore Slump”? In case you aren’t familiar with it, The Sophomore Slump is the idea is that a rookie comes in to the league has a great first season, exceeding anyone’s expectations and when the next […]

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F#m sus4 and the power of distraction

Fellow guitar players will surely read the title of this post and say “what the hell does a weird guitar chord have to do with this nerd blog?”  Well, I was trying to find an alternate voicing for the F#ms sus4 because the rest of the thing I was working on was way up the […]

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Burn the Ships!

Admittedly, I’m no Harvard MBA and my own understanding of the business world is quite literally my own, but I’ve made it a point to listen closely to some pretty amazing people I know when they drop nuggets of wisdom. One of those was uttered by a good friend who had been the Cheif Marketing […]

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It’s all in the attitude

Every once in a while I find myself getting a little burned-out on the day-to-day “stuff” of running a business, keeping my clients happy and coding like a madman. It usually manifests itself in the following way: I look for reasons NOT to do the mundane stuff that is waiting, tapping its watch (like my […]

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Appreciating freedom

With Independence Day right around the corner, I thought I’d yammer a bit on freedom and my genuine appreciation of it as it relates to my work.  I promised myself I would do this without inserting my political views, so if this feels a tad restrained, that’s why.  Please forgive me. Many amazing ideas are […]

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