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If I were 22

If I were 22

I received an email from LinkedIn regarding an #IfIWere22 series for young professionals who are graduating this year and what advice would I give. This is a re-post of my LinkedIn post. Painting the picture If I Were 22 In my early 20’s the Internet and Web were just coming out. It was really only known to techies, and keep in mind this was an era of dial up modems. Which was an incredible time as a technologist as I could see the...

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Pocket MBA – Managing Disruption & Change

Pocket MBA – Managing Disruption & Change

Background: Recently I completed the CIO Pocket MBA program at Boston University. This was a fantastic experience that I highly recommend to any leader in the I.T space. The insightful and inspiring professors are reputable thought leaders who have spent years researching various aspects of technology, management, business, and financials. Additionally learning from industry peers was equally valuable. During my time there I feverishly...

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Early stage pilot users – discussing value over functionality

Early stage pilot users – discussing value over functionality

Context I’ve been working on a startup that’s in its pre-alpha stages (completely self-funded), and taking cues from the Lean Startup movement conducting a continuous series of experiments in order to validate if we’re going in the right direction or if we need to pivot.  I can’t go into too much detail on what the service is yet, but at a broad level it’s a service to achieve a strong state of health. In this...

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Getting a Grip on Priorities

Getting a Grip on Priorities

Often organizations can find themselves under a mountain of requests and they can’t see the forest from the trees. It’s overwhelming and management may not know where to start – so they don’t, and what ends up happening is the organization becomes short sighted. Meaning that priorities are a reaction to today’s biggest issue, efforts are directionless, and most requests are escalated up the management change. Vision...

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Sizing up the business perspective on Groovy, Scala, and other JVM languages

Sizing up the business perspective on Groovy, Scala, and other JVM languages

Background As a technology manager, one of my teams consists of a web development group building  both internal and external business applications. The core platform is built on ColdFusion, a JVM based technology, mixed in with various other frameworks and technologies (jQuey, Flex, ColdBox, SQL Server, etc…). A couple of years ago we had a project that involved integrating JBoss Drools (a business rules workflow engine), and we...

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