Adversity Breeds Strength

You've probably heard the saying many times, "adversity breeds strength." It's the shorter, more polished version of, "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger." You hear it in the face of defeat or tragedy. The experience can increase your resolve, drive you to be stronger and often lead to great…

QA is More Than Just Testing

The media spotlight on many of our apps at the State of Colorado is so intense, even minor bugs are newsworthy. So when I was tasked with reorganizing the Enterprise Applications department, I knew early on that I wanted to bring a renewed focus to theĀ disciplineĀ of quality assurance. One way…

When a Silo is a Good Thing

In a business context, the word "silo" almost always carries a negative meaning. It's typically used to describe a department that is working separately from other departments, in much the same way that grain silos are designed to keep their contents separate. But a grain silo is supposed to provide…

Job search comes to an end

Now that my job search has come to an end, I'm thinking about how treasure can sometimes be found in the most unlikely of places. From the outset, my job search had two simple criteria: Leverage my background as a small business executive. For me, it means an opportunity to…

The VMware Sales Professional

One of the biggest buzz words in IT today is "cloud computing." So when a friend offered to enroll me through his firm into VMware Partner University, I didn't hesitate! I started at the logical beginning with the VMware Sales Professional (VSP) Program. It is a sales training program offering…

Learning JavaScript Online

Why not learn JavaScript While between employment gigs - the professional way to say that I have a lot of spare time right now - I've become a voracious reader of tweets and blogs. This blog post by Brad Feld, co-founder of TechStars and partner at Foundry Group, gave me…