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Mystery of The French Thousands Separator

I enjoy writing silly chat bots. To indulge my silliness, I’ve been exploring the Microsoft Bot Framework. Overall, it’s a pretty good framework, but I’ve had some weird bugs here and there. It’s unclear to me if they’re my fault or not. So to dig into them, I cloned the microsoft/botbuilder-dotnet to my machine and ran all the unit tests. It’s what...

It’s Time To Break to Build

Marc Andreessen wrote a recent cri de cœur to start building to solve the biggest problems we have. I believe the overall sentiment is a good one. There are always outstanding people in even the most broken systems — we need to get all the talent we can on the biggest problems we have, and on building the answers to those problems. I agree...

Introducing Aboard Beta

In a recent post about remote work, I noted the importance of writing things down. This is why we not only write things down, we summarize! Chat is great for hashing out a decision or a piece of work. But we don’t want to force those who aren’t present to have to read through a giant chat transcript just to find out we’ve decided to switch to...

When Remote Work Goes Wrong

With all this recent emphasis on remote work, you can be forgiven if you think proponents (like myself) are a bit Pollyannaish about the benefits of remote work. Even so, you have to admit that preventing the collapse of civilization from a pandemic is a strong benefit to add to the list. Whodathunkit? Given that many are now required to work from home,...

Geographically Distributed Teams

Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon just told its Seattle area employees to work from home for the next three weeks to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus. Lucky for them, I just wrote two posts that will help. How to work from home How to lead from home The tips in those posts are useful to any remote and distributed team, but they...

How to Lead From Home

Working from home is a hot topic right now. If you’re a manager letting your people work from home, you may have concerns. How do you ensure that people are working? How do you create a good remote work environment? Are your people really not wearing pants? Most of all, leaders want to know if shit will still get done and will their teams be successful....

How To Work From Home

For years you tried to convince the powers that be that working from home is just as productive if not more so than coming into the office. You cited article after article full of evidence to support your claims. Well guess what? It’s finally happening! And all it took was a viral pandemic. And you said upper management never listens. So now...

Debunking the Peter Principle

Professor Laurence J. Peter wrote The Peter Principle in 1968 as satire critical of management and management practices. Over time, cynical folks latched onto it as a universal law of nature. Here’s how Professor Peter stated the law he named after himself, In a Hierarchy Every Employee Tends to Rise to His Level of Incompetence. Note...

Recovering from Burnout

Today’s my birthday so naturally the topic of burnout comes to mind. For the past couple years, I’ve been coping with varying degrees of burnout. This is not to be confused with being a Burner which is something else entirely. I always saw burnout as something that happened to other people. It’s not that I didn’t believe burnout was real, I know...

My First Xamarin app

A few days ago, my daughter was in a real funk. It breaks my heart to see her struggle. Fortunately, I knew exactly what to do, “build a mobile app!” Before the humorless among you think I’m a callous parent, that’s not exactly what I did of course. I gave her money. I kid. What I really did was listen to her struggles and offered unconditional...

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