Agile or Waterfall?

A co-worker of mine has been reading a SCRUM book and asked my opinion about which project management methodology is better, Agile or Waterfall. First I had to think hard about and really define SCRUM as a process of working rather than a methodology. But as we were talking I told him that I believe […]

Knowing your Audience

A philosophy I developed years ago which is explained in my post Meetings are Effective, If Everyone Gets What They Want I believe that going into a meeting, everyone wants something and a successful leader/moderator understands that and does his/her best to provide that. Just like meetings, my philosophy applies to presentations and trainings. Participants […]

Storytelling Where?

Many years ago I read a book called Presentation Zen and I fell in love with the concept, the idea that people remembered stories much more than facts and figures. Unfortunately at the time I was doing technology training and felt that the concept couldn’t be applied to training so I really didn’t apply the […]

Sliding Car Door

4 Sliding Door Car

Traditional swing car doors are fine, except when space becomes a premium such as a tight parking lot, a narrow garage or a high curb. I typically don’t have too much trouble since I’m not a big person, but there has got to be a better way…. My initial thought was a car with 4 […]

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Leaders vs. Managers

Several people have mentioned the name Simon Sinek and I have watched several of his videos over the last couple of years, but when I saw his talk on (Employee) Performance vs Trust I really struck a chord for me. Maybe because of my displeasure with my current job so I’m reflecting on what is […]

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Good Presentations

Ever since graduate school when I saw my classmates reading the contents of their slides when presenting their projects to the class I knew there had to be a better way to get information across. Several years after that someone let me borrow their copy of the book Presentation Zen, which got me started on […]

Paper Airplanes

When I was in high school my AP Physics teacher held a paper airplane competition with several different categories; furthest distance, longest airtime, most acrobatic, etc.  I was pretty proud of myself that I won the longest airtime competition not because my airplane went really high and flew all around the room with a good […]

Flipped DL Classrom

I’ve always understood and appreciated the concept of a flipped classroom; don’t waste class time having students get the concept from the instructor when there are so many online videos and resources out there to teach the topic.  It’s better to use class time for Q&A and projects that help the students really understand. But sometimes […]

Video Chat in 20 Lines of Code

Video Chat

Part of my job used to be teaching and supporting instructors who were teaching classes remotely using Video Chat.  Because of this experience I often wonder why people don’t use it more, why people continue to travel for business meetings. On the other hand, I understand the need for meeting and interacting with someone in […]

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Finding Files which Contain Specific Text

At my current job, we are constantly looking for specific text within a folder of files because the code we need is all over the place.  Since I’m not a big command line guy (I’ll use it if I need to, but it typically requires a lot of google searches) I have been asking our […]