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…

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…

Sign That You're A Good Programmer

What makes a programmer good at their craft? For years, organizations which hire programmers have reasoned with this question. Yet, the criteria for selection of a “good” programmer differs by the lot. As candidates, most programmers are put through tough technical interviews, grinding analytical tests, and twisted coding…

Selling Fake Wishbones

Thanks to the thousand odd people for subscribing the blog feed and following me on Twitter! I’ll try to keep up the occasional rants. Recently, a friend was exhibiting his paintings for the first-time. At the small gallery, he was standing next to a pair of unaware visitors…

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…