A plea for patience

Posted on Wed, 11/12/2014 - 13:36

I am a big fan of learning moments. In business, some learning moments come at a cost. Some mistakes are easier to forgive than others. I still believe in exercising as much patience as possible to allow people to learn. PatienceThis is easier said than done. Someone makes a mistake (or multiple). Steps need taken to correct course, mentor, and allow the mistake to serve as a positive step for the future. I can't say how many times my bosses or peers have afforded me such opportunities to grow. They demonstrated clear actionable steps, told me what needed to be done to correct the action, and

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Acquia certification exams

Posted on Sun, 09/14/2014 - 17:25

Drupal is definitely a framework enterprises can leverage. I think few would argue this. But, the term open source freaks out a lot of people. What it boils down to is how to best leverage this framework. This means that we as a community need to adopt best practices in how Drupal is used. While these best practices may be enforced when contributions are made back to the Drupal community, it certainly is at a developer's discretion on how to set up Drupal for their specific web property. As such, a tool needs to exist to measure these developers against best practice. Acquia's certification

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Routine stifles innovation

Posted on Sun, 08/31/2014 - 14:04

I was recently asked about what separates my company from others I have worked in the past. What immediately came to mind was the relationship with my team, the work we do, and the sheer talent. Those elements alone still make me get up in the morning. But, over a cold beer, something else struck with me. My company has no routine and I love it. Let me Google that for youYes, this may set you back initially. Routine typically has to do with schedules or habits. But, what I am referring to is very much about our culture. We're a newer company that is still applying polish to our offerings

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Estimations: Go Big or Go Home

Posted on Wed, 08/27/2014 - 14:03

Estimations suck. Seriously. To do estimations properly, it requires significant analysis and a sound grip on the full project scope. It's hard. There are always unknown complexities that creep up. Estimations set expectations and impose risk when complexity is not identified. Covering RiskThere are a couple approaches people use to balance estimates with risk. The fixed percentage model just adds a near arbitrary percent on top of a given estimate for known complexity. While this is fine, it doesn't excuse a lack of effort to try to determine what the estimates should be. Another is

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Desirable Short Term Memory

Posted on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 16:16

Recently, it hit me that there are actually benefits to having a short term memory. I don't think this is broadly applicable. In fact, I think there are more instances in which you do not want to have a short term memory. Allow me to explain... Mistakes and GrowthI'm a firm believer in learning experiences. I believe people need to be afforded opportunities to learn. These often come at the cost of making mistakes. In essence, people should be granted the opportunities to make mistakes, learn, and then grow. As an example, I recently made a decision at work that caused an issue. My team was

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Social Vampirism in Services

Posted on Sun, 08/10/2014 - 03:27

Companies are very bottom line focused. Even after a high level scope of work is determined, the most appealing bids often are on the lower end. Even if some form of a deliverable can be achieved in a given number of hours, it often does not yield the correct one. Smarter bids allocate more time for damage control, error correction, and proper testing. For low bids, especially really low ones, one has to wonder what part of the product suffers. Most places I have worked have emphasized ethics and client success over the written contract. And, honestly, this tenet is part of my moral fiber. I

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Local Drupal development sandboxes

Posted on Mon, 08/04/2014 - 12:35

If you're doing Drupal development, having a local sandbox is a necessity. Why? No one should be making untested changes on a production or staging server. And, a development server should be free of initial development errors where the developer should execute a small set of engineering tests before deployment. Plus, it can be time consuming to regularly deploy code developed locally onto a development server. To summarize: a local sandbox is absolutely best practice. I hope to summarize how to quickly get up to speed without having to rehash the lessons I have learned. DisclaimerThis blog

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