Ain't Easy

A collection of 17 posts

Feb 13, 2022

Lesson 17: Internal Tools

Lesson 17: Internal Tools

I know you've heard the phrase "red-headed stepchild". It refers, of course, to the kid who gets ignored and neglected and who doesn't get a second helping of soup. But when it comes to red heads

Feb 5, 2022

Lesson 16: Get Out Of The Building

Lesson 16: Get Out Of The Building

GOOTB... ...It's like we aren't even trying with our acronyms anymore. We used to take pride in our wittiness, coming up with a clever abbreviated form of whatever we were trying to convey.

Jan 1, 2022

Lesson 15: Full-stack Developers

Lesson 15: Full-stack Developers

I recently read an article debating whether Superman or Spectre was more powerful. A poll was taken and an overwhelming amount of nerds like me voted in favor of Spectre. It makes sense.

Dec 15, 2021

Lesson 14: Data or Tada

Lesson 14: Data or Tada

Who doesn’t like a good magic trick? Every magic trick is essentially the same. The magician presents the audience with some ordinary thing, like an adult woman lying in a box. Then

Dec 1, 2021

Lesson 13: Just Say No

Lesson 13: Just Say No

Dare I admit I’m old enough to remember the D.A.R.E. program. For those on the cusp between Millennial and Generation X, you will remember this as an elementary education

Nov 15, 2021

Lesson 12: Scope Creep

Lesson 12: Scope Creep

Creep is such an insulting word. I dare you to try and use the word creep in any of its parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective) with a positive connotation. “Do you take

Nov 1, 2021

Lesson 11: Making Progress

Lesson 11: Making Progress

Elizabeth Holmes gets a bad rap. What did she do wrong? Well, in a nutshell, with no experience or expertise she convinced a bunch of stakeholders to pour billions into a vaporware product

Oct 15, 2021

Lesson 10: Scorecards

Lesson 10: Scorecards

Remember baseball cards… …I do… …which puts me in an age bracket approaching the steep precipice of irrelevancy in software development. But this much I will tell you. If you never had a

Oct 1, 2021

Lesson 9: The CRY Principle

Lesson 9: The CRY Principle

Programmers are smart. Product Managers are dumb…. …it’s a well-established fact within all the serious professional tech circles… …you know, the ones that revolve around programming memes. This is because Product Managers

Sep 15, 2021

Lesson 8: Roadmaps

Lesson 8: Roadmaps

When I was somewhat younger during the ancient period called pre-iPhonean, our family went on a vacation where we rented a Lincoln Town Car. Back then Hertz proudly offered a miraculous invention known

Sep 1, 2021

Lesson 7: Quality Assurance

Lesson 7: Quality Assurance

If you’ve ever attended a rodeo, you know the highlight is the bull riding competition. The crowd greatly anticipates the moment when bull riders mount up on the back of an animal

Aug 15, 2021

Lesson 6: Steve Jobs

Lesson 6: Steve Jobs

Despite being dead for some time now, Steve Jobs is very well alive in the Product community. Whether you are an Apple fan or not, you will rarely get through a day without