Yes + thank you, iO

I just wrapped up a few weeks of improv classes at Chicago’s inimitable iO Theater down on Kingsbury. It was a gift from my love, Marielle, who insisted I just do it after taking too long, repeatedly expressing how badly I wanted to, while simultaneously making excuses about not having enough time, etc. That’s why…

Agile + Design Thinking @ IIT’s IDX

Back towards the end of 2017, I had the distinct privilege of being invited to contribute to the design of a new course offering on agile + its value for design thinking. The inviter was my friend, Adam Kallish, a distinguished design thinker, agile practitioner, UX architect, lecturer + all around force of nature from…

The Future of Technology Operations

Since I last wrote about it, Technology Operations (TechOps for short) has evolved. Particularly Development Operations, or DevOps for short, has become widely adopted + continues to evolve, coupled with new technologies that have been directly influenced by it + the culture it has helped shape. Even though many organizations are still struggling to realise…

Gratitude for Lunch Napkins

One of the many things I’m grateful for this year is my little boy + the gifts he gives me, like making it seem so easy to reinvent a simple + valuable exercise of consistently iterating + innovating using a limited set of materials + parameters by sharing his ideas to draw a unique napkin for his lunch each day.

More Gratitude for Postman and McLuhan

Neil Postman (March 8, 1931 – October 5, 2003) was an American author, media theorist and cultural critic, who was associated with NYU for forty years. He wrote countless articles, papers and seventeen books. Though my personal favorite is Teaching as a Subversive Activity, Neil is best known for his 1985 book about television, Amusing…

DIY vs. DIT – Part II: Decentralization and Dismantling Silos

The first part of this post built an analogy, that centralization is like DIY (Do-it-Yourself) and decentralization is like DIT (Do-it-Together).

If we can agree on that analogy, simply for the sake of conversation, then we can take it a step further by looking through that lens into some specific contexts where this approach can add value to our efforts by breaking down our silos.

The Military, Vultures + Residential Remodeling – unlikely lessons in UX

Before I moved to the State of Abe a few years ago, I lived in Juneau, Alaska. From time-to-time, I worked with military personnel, most often legal counsel, the types that handle deals to procure real estate on which to build things, all kinds of things, from barracks to administrative offices, training facilities and storage…

“Do It Yourself” (DIY) vs. “Do It Together” (DIT)

CENTRALIZATION = DIY Once upon a time, at the beginning of the online world of the Internet, it was our goal with technology and business to silo and centralize everything in its own container. From software installations, information security tools and strategies, design teams, distribution systems and supply chains of all kinds, and also our…

Trends, once, again.

Change is a big theme this time of year, the only time we seem to be collectively on board with change is now, at the changing of the calendar.  Oh, funny life. In any case, we all enjoy taking a look back, and a look forward, at trends, methods, tools and strategies that worked well,…

Happy Birthday, Grace

Grace Murray Hopper was as cool a lady as ever there was and I say that not just because we share our birthday but because Grace made some significant contributions to our world. Grace was born on December 9, 1906. Before she passed away on January 1, 1992, “Amazing Grace” made significant contributions to the…

Show up. Do your best.

This is the best advice I’ve ever received. It’s so good and I am so grateful, it is the only advice I ever offer. Not surprisingly, it’s transmitted directly and indirectly by some of the greatest characters in fiction. I offer it to my 5-year-old each day when I drop him at school. He answers…

In the not-too-distant future

I will describe keyboards to my son one day in a not-too-distant future when he asks about them. That is when he and I will ask the computer to show us some examples. We will spend a rainy afternoon making make-believe keyboards (QWERTY and Dvorak) out of cardboard and crayons and pretend to type in…

I didn’t go to university. I learned from Linux instead. 

TOUGH CHOICES When I chose to forego college, preferring instead to join the working world confident that doors would open, there were a lot of the kinds of reactions one might expect. Most asked things like: “what are you thinking?” “why would you do such a thing?” “what are you planning to do instead?” My…

The unswerving punctuality of chance (Part II)

There are some things that happen, happy accidents, that could not have been planned. Like stumbling on the carpet, catching yourself on the the edge of a shelf where, looking behind a small picture frame there, you find a key you lost seemingly years ago that unlocks that bike lock you have lived without all…

R2 me, too

I was 5 years old when my parents took me to my first movie. It wasn’t just a movie. It was a drive-in movie. It wasn’t just a drive-in movie. It was Star Wars. Needless to say, it flipped me right out. Unlike most of my pals at the time, though, who called out “I’m…