Skewed By Consensus

The other day I was browsing through the list of world’s most popular goals on 43 Things, when I came across something one might call a “true lie”. Apparently, 25271 people want to “Fall in love” and on average it takes them 9 years…

The Lean Wizard of Oz

Recently I read about the yet unbuilt 2011 Ford Fiesta that attracted more than a thousand online pre-orders within the first 6 days of the launch of its reservation program. It made me wonder not only about the marketing hype associated with such campaigns, but also about the fact that…

We Lift On Three

At one of the company stand-ups I attended recently, the topic of discussion was ‘Good Communication’. As simple and ordinary it may sound, it did make me think about an interesting hypothesis. Research tells us that only 7% of all communication is impacted by the content or the…

A Red Duct Tape

Joel Spolsky recently wrote about the “Duct Tape Programmer“: Duct tape programmers are pragmatic. Zawinski popularized Richard Gabriel’s precept of Worse is Better. A 50%-good solution that people actually have solves more problems and survives longer than a 99% solution that nobody has because it’s…

Turnkey or Chicken

Not so long ago, an acquaintance who was seeking a software development job interviewed for a role at a “market leader” in the development, implementation and support of financial services software. During the interview, it was revealed that the position is concentrated around the implementation of an Enterprise…

Houston, We Don't Have A Problem

Long story short. Today I was having some trouble with one of my email addresses. I raised a support request with the hosting provider. Within a few minutes, their technical support person replied back telling me that nothing is wrong at their end. And then, soon after, the problem was…

Sun Among The Clouds

Technology industry forecasts are an interesting exercise. I find it somewhat similar to “science fiction”, only that industry forecasts gauge a shorter capitalist term, and they are more analytical (less fiction for the Board of Directors, Investors, and Stakeholders). Back in January this year, as part of an…

The Omelette Man

There’s something rather allegorical about people who do just one small thing all their lives, but do it better than anyone else. So bloody true. Whether it’s the Omelette Man, or the Joker, they both suffer from the same quality of being persistent. I’m…

Coaching Through a Recession

Have you ever met someone who has lost their job due to a recession? Did they have a family to support? A mortgage for their dream home to pay? Did it all make you any more cautious? We realize for obvious, that during a recession there is a higher probability…