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Improving Your Relationship With Development Teams: “The Company Card”

Imagine you’re hiring someone to buy a few groceries for you. You write up a quick list of what you want and send them to the store with your credit card. You said you wanted a nice red wine, but not an 1811 bottle of Château_d’Yquem. They left off quinoa, because who really likes that…

More Strategy, Less Development, Sooner to Market!

When launching or adding to a digital product, it’s tricky to figure out what features should make the cut. Lean on your brain’s remarkable powers of strategy before jumping to execution. Allow yourself to thoughtfully consider anything you might want to include. Spend way more time doing this then you’re comfortable. You have a finite…

Late and Overbudget: Why Projects Always* Fail

This year I’ll be speaking at Minnebar on April 25, 2020. Minnebar is an unconference hosted at the Best Buy campus in Richfield, MN. It typically caters to those in the technology space: designers, developers, project managers, and software people. If you’ve never been, I’d highly recommend it as a primer to the MN tech…

Unique & Core

I’m often in a position to evaluate whether a problem should be solved with custom software or with off-the-shelf options. Here’s the secret: custom software often isn’t the answer. Awhile back I scheduled a phone call with a director of technology at a large forward thinking non-profit and I wanted to learn how they work….