Category Archives: Education

Why you don’t need college, and why you do

Back 100 years ago, books were super-expensive. Think about the availability of paper, printing, and means to distribute books. Plus think about supply/demand. How many people needed a history book or calculus book. 100 years ago, people were mostly concerned … Continue reading

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Knowing something you don’t

Now that I’m all grown up, I can actually laugh when someone says (in a condescending manner) that they know something that you don’t. Sometimes they may even say it with a tone of disbelief: “You don’t know that!!? I … Continue reading

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Underachieving, overachieving

When I was in high-school, I had an interesting discussion with a guidance counselor. I was taking some pretty hard classes in school and I was getting so-so grades (B or C, not A). His advice was to take easier … Continue reading

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Planning To Fail

In my career, I have seen plenty of projects fail. The reasons for failure are as diverse as the criteria for failure. I’ve written other blog posts on this topic. Most people get really apprehensive when you talk about failure. … Continue reading

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Cowboy Methodology

When I say “Cowboy Methodology”, most of you are going to laugh. In the programming world, a cowboy is usually a very talented programmer who lives on the wild-side, without rules, fearing no danger. He rides hastily into any situation, … Continue reading

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Maintaining your Software Architect status

As a software architect, there are a few things that you need to do, regularly, to maintain your edge.  Without these things, you are becoming more irrelevant (and un-qualified) every day. Every week – Pick a new/trending technology and spend … Continue reading

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Why learning Algebra was actually good for you

From time to time, I hear people say that they haven’t used Algebra since they graduated high school and then they feel a little smug like, “Told you so”. Zing! They seem to think it was a big waste of … Continue reading

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