Follow The Rabbit

Valerie Hinojosa

The Internet allows you to go down rabbit holes and not even realize that you’ve done it.  So, I was reading a paper from Stanford University that talked about “Are Ideas Getting Harder to Find?”  (Their premise is “yes”.)  And then I read an article about “The Surprising Benefits of Being (Slightly) Crazy“.  There was a comment in the article about Temple Grandin revolutionizing the cattle industry and how she did this while being autistic. Continue reading “Follow The Rabbit”

Rebuild To Make It Better


Trust is an interesting thing.  Our society, by the way, we have designed it, places a lot of trust in people doing their jobs or doing the right thing.  For instance, have you thought about how many people you are trusting when you buy your coffee in the morning?  The grower, all of the people involved in the transport, the people at the processing plant, more transportation, the workers at the distribution centre, more transportation people and all of the employees at the coffee shop.  Hundreds, if not thousands of people had the opportunity to taint your coffee, to add something to it or do something wrong so that it wouldn’t be the coffee you expected.

But none of them did it.  You implicitly trusted them. Continue reading “Rebuild To Make It Better”

Decomposition (not that kind)

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OK, this note is technical in nature, but the lesson is applicable to virtually everything that we do.  So, if you can muddle through the geek speak I’ll have a present for you at the end.  Well, maybe not a present.  In the end you may know the answer already and I’m just repeating what you are mumbling in your sleep every night.  Not that I’m listening to you mumble but as long as you play Candy Crush just before going to bed … oh, never mind. Continue reading “Decomposition (not that kind)”

New world – old tech

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When I was younger, a lot younger, probably before some of you were even born, one of the phrases that I heard was:

That’s the way my dad did it and his dad before him.  If it was good enough for them it’s good enough for me.

The idea was that something that had been handed down for generations, a certain way of doing things, had to be good if it lasted for decades.  Oh my, how the world has changed. Continue reading “New world – old tech”

Jenga and IT


Do you remember Jenga?  You can still buy the game now, but  it doesn’t have the same impact it did “back in the good old days.”  Smartphones, gaming consoles, and the rise of personal computers have all hurt the game industry.  But, hey, apparently the game is apparently making a comeback.

Now let’s take IT for a second.  (Don’t worry, we’re going to get back to Jenga in a minute.) Continue reading “Jenga and IT”

Governance Is Not Management

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What is governance?

I think to a lot of people it is a kind of nebulous thing that sits out there and hits their hands when they are about to do something wrong.  For others, it is a strictly controlled and regimented structure in which everything needs to exist.  But what is governance?  Why do we need it?  And, more importantly, are we doing it correctly? Continue reading “Governance Is Not Management”

Office Beige

As someone who consistently fails colour blind tests, I’m not the most reliable person to talk to about colour.  But here goes.

I hate beige.

There, I said it.  Whew.  Feels good to get that off my chest. Continue reading “Office Beige”

Disruptive Thinking

A few months ago my CIO said that she wanted to us think up some “disruptive thoughts”.  I totally understood where she was coming from.  Continuous improvement works, but only up to a certain limit and then after that, you get diminishing returns so that the effort you spend on improvement actually costs more than the improvement saves.  At some point, you need to stop evolving the process.  You need a revolution.

Disruptive thoughts = revolution. Continue reading “Disruptive Thinking”


OK, my apologies in advance if this offends people.  It’s not meant to offend but to provide an alternate way of looking at things.  No, not “alternative facts”, but “alternative views”.

OK, now that that is out of the way, the PMP certification is killing project management.  I must admit that the impetus of this note is a post on LinkedIn that is almost two years old: “The PMP – How it Ruined Project Management“.  I’m going to try to approach it from a slightly different perspective and expand the scope a little bit. Continue reading “Experience”

Happy Developer Data

Doesn’t everyone want their developers to be happy?

Stack Overflow is a site that allows developers to post questions and other developers to answer questions.  To be honest, sometimes the information on this site is more accurate than the manufacturer’s website on their own tools.  Sad, but true.  They’ve done an interesting thing:  they’ve uploaded all of their questions and answers into Google BigQuery for people to play around with.

So someone did. Continue reading “Happy Developer Data”