My Entrepreneur Bookbag

I’ve been ranging far afield from my usual tech histories over the last few weeks. Here are my recent reads. Startup Boards: Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors (Brad Feld) My advice on this book is sort of like the movie Fight Club. The first rule…

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Software: The Process Is the Constraint

A few years ago I had a project manager from my team in Scotland send me a copy of Eliyahu Goldratt’s The Goal after learning I’d never read the 1984 classic. At the time, the constraint this team was struggling with was an ability to get software specifications…

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Test Driving Virtual Reality For Under $20

When Google Cardboard was released last year, I remember thinking: interesting, but no time to play. I’d almost forgotten about the project when my 8th grader mentioned his interest in virtual reality last Saturday. Since my youngest son’s interest in technology does not extend much beyond keeping up…

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In the Eye of Disruptive Innovation

I recently presented to a group of enterprise IT executives on the state of the public cloud. To my surprise I met business professionals who actually thought the public cloud was not going to have a big impact on their industry. I swiped my phone for a moment to confirm…

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A Lean Journey Into Agile Documentation

Confession: I have a love hate relationship with product documentation. While I can appreciate the value of well written technical documentation, I can’t help but feel it has a poor ROI these days. So when I started my current company, I committed myself to investing in an intuitive user…

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Books That Impacted My Life

On a recent long drive to Upstate New York, my wife asked me for the books that impacted my life. I found it surprising how easily I could name each book, and was even able to recall the look and feel of my personal copy (some of which sadly did…

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