Dealing With Contradictory Requirements

Anyone here ever hear of the Iron Triangle? The idea is that, for any project, there are multiple high-level objectives competing with one another: cost, speed, and quality. And that to improve on any one you have to sacrifice the other. Let’s put this another, simpler way. You want a car that has more features, […]

Sometimes I Have a Hard Time Making Decisions

So the other day I’m standing in front of my closet, wondering what shirt I’m going to wear that day. And for whatever reason I’m unable to make a decision. Intellectually I realize it’s really very silly. I’ve got like 5 or 6 perfectly good shirts to wear, yet I’m unable to commit to picking […]

Intuition and Decision-Making

I bought my last new car about 3 years ago.  At the time I spent a few moments wondering about what I wanted.  And one thought was, I could get a hybrid, with the idea of saving money. So a used Toyota hybrid runs, let’s say $25,000. Let’s say it gets 50 miles to the […]

Keeping an Open Mind

I know there are people who don’t like social media.  Mention Facebook or Instagram and you’ll get a derisive snort.  “I don’t use that, it’s a waste of time!” Well, good for you. But I have to be honest, if you have any sort of broad-sector consuming facing product or service, if you’re not on […]

How to Become a Leader

Something I occasionally get asked is, “How do I promote up?  I want to be a technical leader or manager so what do I need to do to get there?” There are lots of things that spring immediately to mind: be a mentor, help others succeed, be a problem-solver instead of a complainer.  I also […]