1. The 2015 New Year’s Resolutions

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    In 2014 I got much better about tracking my successes and failures thanks to both improvements in technology and my discipline.  I intend to use these improvements in order to make my goals stick.  This year I’ve added a few metrics under most of my goals and even created one...
  2. 2014 New Year’s Resolutions Recap

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    2014 was an interesting year.  I can only claim success on one of my four goals from last year, but I have good excuses for all and notable progress on 2 more.  To recap, my goals were (here’s the full post if you want to see why I picked them):...
  3. Book Review: Zero to One

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    There is a whole genre of books that have emerged out of the recent infatuation with tech startups; from biographies of Zuckerberg to about a billion cookbooks for success.  I picked this one up because I think Thiel is an interesting guy, a bit Jobs-like in his belief that the...
  4. Book Review: The Phoenix Project

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    The Pheonix Project is a novel about an IT manager that inherits an IT shop that can’t function without one or two key people, has deployments that are entirely unscripted and only quarterly, makes far too many break fixes and emergency patches, is buried in audit findings and basically sounds...
  5. Book Review: Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams

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    At Fannie Mae, I find myself in the new role of dealing with development projects.  With this transition, I have tried to spend time learning about the techniques for managing development.  My reading of DeMarco and Lister’s tomb on the subject is along these lines.   The book is not...
  6. Book Review: Management by Peter Drucker

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    Management is one of the best known texts by one of the best known authors in business.  There were parts of this rewrite (although apparently a slight rewrite) and parts that I didn’t.  It is, after all, a text book and few could be expected to like it the whole...
  7. Book Review: Flash Boys

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    I am a huge Michael Lewis fan.  I’ve read all of his books (or at least listened to them), and was thrilled to find out that his latest was coming out on the very day I had a four hour drive. The book centers around a former RBC trader who...
  8. Book Review: Trading Bases

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    Anyone reading this that knows me personally knows I am both a big Baseball fan and a Las Vegas enthusiast.  I’ve got a good group of friends that makes the trip to Vegas once or twice a year (I think trip number 7 will be in June) and I never...
  9. Book Review: Nerds on Wall Street

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    I may not be the most active blogger in the world anymore, but I figured it was worth posting my book reviews of my 2014 reading list (what with it being a New Year’s Resolution and all).  Unfortunately, it’s February 5th and I’m only writing the review of my first...

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