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“Hey Magento, what is my stock level?”

I have a new girlfriend… at least that is what my wife has been telling me recently. When I got back from Imagine 2016 a bright shiny new Amazon Echo had arrived. I was looking forward to endless hours of fun trying to program up this new toy. I must admit I was a little […]

360 or 3D – Which is Best for Displaying Products Online?

Imagery is important for an online store. But if you want to go that extra step, are 360 views or 3D models better? Disclaimer: These views are my own and not that of my employer. Also I picked somewhat random example implementations of these technologies – this article is not meant as an endorsement of any particular […]

How to free up time

I had come out of a big presentation, and one particular thing that resonated with me (as I had been thinking about it a lot before hand) was how to recover time – or at least not waste as much. (It was actually in the context of allowing line managers to have enough time to […]

Crossing the Chasm

“Crossing the Chasm” was a book first published in 1991 and talks about the types of customers in different phases in the life of a technology product. The different segments of customers have different profiles: Innovators are techies. They love technical complexity and being at the forefront of cool new technology. They probably like the […]

Three Strategies to Drive Accountability and Execution

I came across the following some time back – sorry, I cannot locate the original attribution.  But I thought worth sharing regardless as a follow-up to my recent posts on Feedback Loops, Accountability, and Execution. Accountability is the heart of execution. And if you’re trying to make that heart pump a little harder and move […]

Feedback Loops and Measurement

I like writing code.  I don’t really like administrative overheads and updating systems like Jira (or Rally or VersionOne or…).  But I know they are important and necessary.  Given that, I like to get the most out of them I can. Management needs systems like Jira on Agile Scrum projects to track progress and roll […]

Giving Feedback

Giving feedback is very valuable. It helps people grow and situations improve. Keeping quiet and saying nothing when you see something wrong is not good. But it can be a challenge to give the feedback constructively, just as it can be a challenge to be strong enough to receive feedback. How to Give Feedback Check […]

Humor – Computer version of Abbott and Costello skit

This is probably old, but hey – I came from the backwater of Australia! 😉  My sister sends me these sorts of things occasionally… You have to be old enough to remember Abbott and Costello, and too old to REALLY understand computers, to fully appreciate this. For those of us who sometimes get flustered by […]

How Great Leaders Communicate

This article on “How Great Leaders Communicate” I thought interesting.  Towards the end it says “what shapes morale the most is employees’ conviction that they are working for the best company in their field”.  How true this is! One of my challenges in coming from Australia to Silicon Valley is the difficulty of recruiting top […]

My View of the Microsoft Stack Ranking article doing the rounds

The article on Microsoft stack ranking certainly made its rounds around the office.  I am no HR expert, but some of the content was not consistent with my understanding and VERY limited experience with stack ranking.  So I thought I would go out on a limb and comment in public. Eichenwald’s conversations reveal that a […]