Monthly Archives: February 2010

Who is your client ? Get a fingerprint.

It seems like such a simple question but often it is not such a simple answer. What I do know is the wrong answer to this question. The simple and always wrong answer is ABC company, the place I am … Continue reading

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Please hit any key to continue and any other key to quit.

Large projects automatically generate their share of humorous events and mishaps. The above statement was put into a dialogue box in  a program by a developer for the simple reason to mess with the QA & Testing group as a … Continue reading

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Feb 14 – Birth of a Renaissance Architect

Feb 14th – Valentines Day is also the birth date of a notable architect. Not just an architect, but a famous author, artist, poet, linguist, philosopher, astronomer, cartographer, cryptographer and musician. If that was not enough to impress you he … Continue reading

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Designing for what software could do to you

When I am driving in the car Karen is usually with me. She provides good guidance, telling me when and where to turn. Sometimes though I push her buttons and she really tells me where to go. She has accompanied … Continue reading

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The People You Meet – Consulting Lessons from Goldie Hawn

When I reached 1 Million mile status on both Air Canada and Delta airlines, I stopped counting. Suffice it to say that I have travelled a great deal. While there are advantages and disadvantages to travel, one enduring benefit is … Continue reading

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The Bonaparte-Drake Methodology Adapter

Today we have lots of methodologies. Lots and lots of them. They give us process, they define artefacts and deliverables, they provide roles and governance and they provide lifetime employment for “gurus” to write bookshelf straining tomes to explain them. … Continue reading

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A Consultant Did It

An independent consultant at CERN from June to December 1980 proposed a project based on the concept of hypertext, to facilitate sharing of information among researchers and built a solution. When he returned to CERN in 1984 he saw an … Continue reading

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A little history

Many of us have or do make our living from Information Technology and since I get funny looks when I mention that have used punch cards and programmed in assembler, it is perhaps time to provide a history lesson.  First … Continue reading

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You’re only a leader as long as people follow

When I started my full-time career in IT (coop work terms excluded), I started as the CEO of my own company and was very successful for a few years. By doing so, you skip over all of the things you … Continue reading

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The two great tragedies of life

George Bernard Shaw said : “There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it.”  I enjoy photography and every once in a while I will get a shot that is … Continue reading

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