1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. The 2014 Resolutions

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    I haven’t done a New Year’s Resolutions post in a couple of years, but I think this is an important year to document my goals.  Professionally, I’m getting pretty settled in helping Fannie Mae produce better software both faster and cheaper.  I love this job, but I fear that my...
  9. Staying Plugged In To Tech News

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    If you’ve been in the IT Industry long, you know about the worst kind of meeting.  The one where you sit down and your boss or one of your key clients says, “Tell me more about <Name of Tech Company That Is Key To Your Company> doing <Game Changing Move...

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