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What is Kanban and why is it important? (December 1, 2015)

Kanban, or かんばん in Japanese literally means “signboard”.

The term comes from the manufacturing world. Implemented first in 1953, it was the precursor to the JIT (just-in-time) manufacturing process used throughout the world today. In sof


Saving a bureaucratic software project (July 11, 2015)

A recently published article, “The Secret Startup That Saved the Worst Website in America” details some of the problems with the Healthcare.gov launch fiasco that “so bad it nearly broke the Affordable Care Act.” It also (more...)

Copycat, copycat! (August 25, 2012)

As a technologist, the recent Apple vs. Samsung lawsuit is extremely concerning. I was hoping all of this software patent nonsense would go away, but Apple just proved that the new business model is more about litigation than innovation. As a co (more...)

Got problems? IPD: Identify. Plan. Do. (January 14, 2011)

Do you have any problems? I sure do. Tons of them! Everyone has problems. You might even call them “challenges” or “puzzles” or “opportunities”. I use an incredibly complex, patent-pending 3-step methodology for de (more...)

Syllogistic Software 7-year anniversary (June 27, 2010)

It seems like only yesterday that I quit my job in Atlanta, Georgia and moved back to Canada to start my custom software development company, Syllogistic Software Inc. As it turns out, that was actually about seven years ago! In 2008, at the 5-year m (more...)

The LADGAS problem (motivation in management) (February 26, 2010)

I think one of the the biggest challenges with management (and perhaps life in general) is dealing with people who happen to be feeling lazy, and just don’t give a sh!t at the moment. This seems to be particularly difficult with “boring&r (more...)

How many mediocre programmers does it take to... (September 14, 2009)

How many mediocre programmers does it take to replace a good programmer? The answer is: Trick question. No amount of mediocre programmers will ever replace a good one. Let’s say your good programmer has a “productivity factor” of 1. (more...)

New Zealand and running a virtual company (July 8, 2009)

It’s official! All of the paperwork for a one-year working holiday trip to New Zealand is now complete. Melissa and I will be leaving September 1st, and returning August 2010. I’ll be continuing to operate my web development company &ndas (more...)

How to get people to respond to email (March 14, 2009)

People are getting busier and busier, and it is becoming somewhat of an art to actually get people to read and respond to emails. Here are some quick tips to make the experience better for both the sender and receiver:

Make emails as short and conci


What is ROWE? (October 7, 2008)

I read a nice little example of ROWE-based thinking in a recent blog posting. (link to the full article below) … Pre-ROWE

Manager: “We’ve been working on this strategy for awhile, and I really want you to crack the nut this year.” Employee: “