Microservices – A Definition

Sometimes the mind does strange things. I was reading an article about microservices, wondering how I could easily explain microservices to someone not familiar with IT, and then it struck me. A watch. Not a newfangled digital watch (the only kind my kids seem to be able to read), but an old-fashioned analog watch with […]

The Cure

This one was difficult to write. Deeply personal issues are always difficult for me to express correctly and I’m worried that I can’t do them justice. But this needed to be said, so here it is. The sign of a healthy organism is growth and prosperity. The sign of an organism in trouble is when […]

A Vision is Not Enough

People point to their vision and proudly proclaim that they have a purpose, that they know what they are doing. That vision is short, concise, and ticks everything that a vision is supposed to be. But is it enough? Can having a vision change a company’s fortunes? Can it turn a mediocre place to work […]

Our Duty To Rebel?

When the government violates the people’s rights, insurrection is, for the people and for each portion of the people, the most sacred of the rights and the most indispensable of duties. Marquis de Lafayette The Marquis de Lafayette was a French aristocrat who actually fought for the Americans in their War of Independence as well […]


Burnout is a topic that people don’t want to talk about.  Individuals don’t want to admit to being burned out because that would show a weakness.  Managers don’t want to admit that their staff are burned out as that would indicate that they haven’t been able to manage the workload.  Businesses don’t want to admit […]

It’s all about Culture

Everything in an organization should be focused on value:  value to the shareholders, value to the public, value to the customers, value to the employee.  In order to generate that value, to create something that people want to have, you need to understand what it is people want or need and then create that item, whether it […]

Projects and Traffic Lights

It’s been a while since my last note and I would like to apologize.  NaNoWriMo kept me busy this month.  I successfully wrote more than 50,000 words (over 58K as of this writing) so I think November was a good month.  The side effect, however, was the lack of notes.  I’m here to rectify that. […]