IBM’s CEO delivered what is being described as a company-wide reprimand following its earnings statement. What I’ve seen wasn’t that bad, but the news coverage made me think of something I once heard from an executive.
I had my company president tell a room full of technologists “Shame on you!” for not spending the day riding along with the people using our product. Now, I can totally see the reasoning behind wanting to see how its used, but the delivery left me on the verge of walking out. Considering I was 3 feet away from the guy I elected to not do that.
However, all I could think was, no, shame on YOU! Shame on you for not understanding what our day to day struggles are. Shame on you for not providing us with what we need to get the job done, and then reprimanding us for the effects of your decisions. Shame on you for not focusing efforts on a stable product over new features, for not addressing the technical debt that is preventing full focus on real innovation.
I love the idea of shows like Undercover Boss, but they just won’t work for my industry. How many CEOs could step in as an admin, developer, qa engineer, release engineer? Even so, they should see what its like. They should watch streams of error logs from production servers, hear the regular chime of alerts from the on call phone, read the number of hours burned on issues that have been around for years but that the business considers lower importance than the new wizzbang spinny whatever.
If you want to move fast, you can’t be standing on a foundation of crap.
Built out the AboutUs pages for BhodiSoft and Dad’s page ThisDayInAviation.
Visual design is not my strong suit.
A teammate on Kiva pointed out this awesome site SearchKiva by Boni Gopalan. It looks great and is incredibly responsive, so I wanted to give it a shout out.
If you were struggling with KivaLens, check it out.
I ran a python script yesterday with a call to webbrowser.open_new_tab on a linux host… It popped open the url inside lynx.
Surprised, impressed, amused…
Off on the right, you’ll find a link to the new web interface to the Kiva Country Collector.
If you’re a Kiva user, click on through and let me know what you think. And if you’re not, go sign up and then let me know what you think.
I’ve been a Kiva.org lender for a while, and I always try to pick up new countries when they’re available… KivaLens has been giving me trouble, though, so I started writing something myself against the kiva api.
You can find (and contribute code to) the project over on github at: https://github.com/bswopes/kiva-country-collector
$ ./kiva-loans.py -i bswopes
User ID: bswopes
No new countries found. Looking for less used countries.
Found 1 loans for country ALBANIA
Country ALBANIA, previous loan count 2
Strange moment during physical therapy today. I was rubbing my shoulder and the girl asked me what was up. Told her it hurt… blah blah… and I decided to just get on with my exercises so I made what I thought was a dismissive comment; I said “eh, everything hurts” *shrug*.
She didn’t take it as lightly as I meant though.
“That’s so sad.”
Wait, it is?
I’m always in pain… Isn’t everyone?
[EDIT: James informs me that in fact, no, its not supposed to hurt.]
I mentioned finding this article to a few of you, but don’t think I ever posted it… here’s a repost…
“As anxiety mounts over the ongoing war and plummeting economy, people find refuge in cute”