Category Archives: Content with Context

Epistemology of Software?

While in the middle of a UW HCDE committee review of Drew Paine‘s dissertation research proposal, I was fascinated by the first sentence of his project goal: “The driving philosophical goal of my dissertation is to critically examine the epistemology … Continue reading

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The Lost Power of Why

Way too many moons ago I was introduced to the Deming “Five Whys” through interactions with the Digital Equipment Corporation Manufacturing Division as part of the Japan Study Mission: “Systematically asking why an event occurs or a condition exists. The … Continue reading

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Strategic Networking with the Benziger Green Team

Several years ago, I encountered an excellent article in the Harvard Business Review which researched “How Leaders Create and Use Networks.” The authors made the distinction between Operational Networks, Personal Networks and Strategic Networks. Most of our time is spent working within Operational or Personal … Continue reading

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Whiteboarding: Designing a software team

Not knowing what I was getting into (a common state lately), I joined some former colleagues to catch up on their new venture. They asked me how I would go about designing a software team for their new pivot. They … Continue reading

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Both/And or Either/Or?

“If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” Abraham Maslow As good left brained analytics trained by Western “education systems,” many of us technical folks believe that there is one right answer to … Continue reading

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And no communication occurs – the perils of mentoring

“Communication is the results that you get, not the words that you speak.” – John Grinder Before teaching a graduate school class at UW, or mentoring an entrepreneur, or giving a workshop, I take a few minutes to repeat the … Continue reading

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Daydreaming of Kindle Social Highlights

One of the joys of riding the ferry between Seattle and Bainbridge Island is bumping into the eclectic collection of friends and colleagues somewhat randomly. The other night I had the pleasure of sitting next to John Lange from Amazon. … Continue reading

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