My kids make me a better leader

[caption id="attachment_1016" align="alignright" width="300"] Tag and Kade shopping at Whole Foods. And yes, Kade is airborne, literally jumping with excitement![/caption] It took me longer than most to decide that I wanted kids. I was 48 when my first was born, so I'd already been in leadership roles for about 20…

Enthusiasm unknown to mankind

[caption id="attachment_984" align="alignright" width="392"] Enthusiasm core to Harbaugh's approach[/caption] Fellow Michigan Wolverine fans probably recognize this quote about enthusiasm from Jim Harbaugh, the current football coach. It's the response he gave to a question about how he was going to approach his job. I couldn't find the reference, but I'm…

My dream car is a Tesla

[caption id="attachment_986" align="alignright" width="339"] The Tesla Model X features falcon-wing doors[/caption] As people who know me reasonably well could have guessed, my dream car is a Tesla. It perfectly captures my professional career in software engineering, my personal beliefs in renewable energy, and my addiction to cool techno-gadgetry. The instant…

Two reasons I like Scrum

At a networking event, the conversation landed on the benefits of using Agile Scrum. One person volunteered that projects got done faster using scrum. I suppose it's possible in certain circumstances, but I immediately labeled him as someone who doesn't really know scrum. Terribly judgmental, aren't I? I would sooner…
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