Product Development Generalist

There is one thing I can say with certainty after over a quarter century of building software products – it’s complicated! It’s complicated because there is no set formula. Every time you start out creating software, whether it’s a custom application for a specific use – or a product used by many in different ways … Read more

Stop ‘Doing Agile’ – and be agile.

The debate over capital A vs small a variation of agile continues – and is an interesting one. Let me first explain it for those of you not familiar with the difference. Capital a Agile is the formal set of methodologies that provide structure to the concept of agility. These methodologies have given shape to … Read more

Optimizing Relational Data for Voice User Interfaces

Amazon recently announced that the number of skills (voice apps) in the Alexa store has reached 100K. That is a lot of apps … and is a clear sign that voice UI has arrived. Most of the skills at present are geared towards casual use — games, quizzes, and fun facts dominate the store — … Read more

Digital Transformation and Value Stream Mapping

Here’s a post I had published on Medium some time back I wrote the title of this post and immediately realized how jargony it sounds … but then, sometimes one has to deal with jargon — and digital transformation is a jargon that will be difficult to avoid. So let me try and break it … Read more

Rap or Rock & Roll?

I was driving my teen-aged daughter somewhere on a Saturday morning … and as teen-aged daughters usually do, she promptly plugged her phone in to the car’s music system and started her playlist. Immediately a blast of loud hip hop laced with profanity filled the car, she looked at me and said “sorry — this … Read more