Why do we do it? Why do we allow ourselves to be scheduled to the point where all we do it meet? What is it about us that doesn’t stand up and say “No!”. Better yet, why don’t we say “Hell No!”. I am an Agile bigot, and I believe in collaboration. You can over do it. I have seen examples of north of 20 people being invited to a project meeting with only one developer who actually does work. What are they thinking? Why doesn’t somebody question the meeting organizer? Are they worried someone’s feelings will be hurt?
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As some of you may have noticed, I changed the about page on my site and my LinkedIn profile. My wife and I left beautiful Amelia Island, FL to start a new adventure in October with Thrive HDS in Indianapolis as their VP of Engineering. Ok, my timing is lousy. Though Amelia Island does cool off in December and January, it is still warmer than Indianapolis.
I was cleaning out my closet and I found a book that I thought was worth sharing. I first read The Present when Iwas in the midst of one of the many corporate mergers that I have been through. Spencer Johnson, the author of The Present, is also the author of another must-have business read: Who Moved My Cheese? The Present is an engaging quick read. The narative story telling style pulls you in, keeping you entertained as you continue.
Over the last few years, I have used my blog as therapy. To those of you who are reading this: what follows is a post that has been sitting in my draft posts since Aug 2011. At the time it felt too raw to actually publish, and I filed it away in my mind. Given the events of a couple of weeks ago, maybe this is relevant. Sometimes, IT happens. Lets keep those effected by the events in Boston and Texas I our thoughts and prayers.
There is plenty of talk in the news about Tim Tebow. The Jacksonville local paper, the Florida Times-Union, usually has an article once a week some how relating to Tebow. Tebow is certainly a popular player with Florida Gator fans and fans who admire his religous convictions. Friday’s issue of the Florida Times-Union contained two such articles. The article on the front page was about Tim being named a Great Floridian. I am not sure what a Great Floridian is or why he got the honor, but it must be an important honor to be covered on the front page. The second article, about Tim’s employment with the NY Jets, had a quote that prompted me to think of Tebow in a different light.
One of my good friends, Jeff Dunn, is looking for his next opportunity. After talking to Jeff about what was next, I thought back to several posts I wrote about branding yourself. While the concept of branding yourself seems to be out of vogue right now, I believe you need to still consider how you expose your personality in social media. Don’t wait until you are in a job search. Start now. A good place to start is Kyle Lacy’s book, Branding Yourself. It’s an easy read and still relevant. I got a lot of good ideas from the book, and hopefully you will too. Here are my retreaded blog posts.
I was on my way back to the US from Bangalore, and there is a sentence that keeps banging around in my head. The sentence is as follows: “An idiot with a tool is still an idiot!” If someone else has already been quoted on this, I will gladly give them credit.