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The IASA Architecture Competition – Final Entry… For Now

The IASA Architecture Competition – Final Entry… For Now

As you may (or may not) have read, I am (still) involved in the local (Seattle) chapter of Iasa first ever IT architecture competition. Team Skyscraper presented their architectural description this past Saturday, along with the four other teams and came in 2nd place. 

What is the Internet of Things?

What is the Internet of Things?

Boy, I LOVE a good marketing effort to advance ideas forward. DevOps is IT’s approach to applying Lean best practices to SOA and the practice of putting IT capability in place. The Internet of Things (IoT) is pretty similar in that it is reusing an existing idea. We now have discreet (and smart) devices available to most everyone that are connected to the Internet so we can pull data into a server, manipulate it, and take action against that information. 

Growing EI – Step 3: Social Awareness

Growing EI – Step 3: Social Awareness

Growing your social awareness is the third step in growing your emotional intelligence. There are three key parts to growing your social awareness. First, there is growing empathy, then organizational awareness, and finally taking on a service orientation. 

Not Another Time Management System

Not Another Time Management System

Time is not money, time is life. Unlike money, we can’t get more of it by working harder, we can only learn how to better manage the time we have.

My grandfather, like most grandfathers, has about three favorite stories he manages to work into every conversation we have. In his story about working in the corporate world in the 1960s he ends it by saying this: if you don’t plan your day, someone will do it for you. 

Growing EI Step 1: Knowing Yourself

Knowing yourself means that you have self-awareness. This requires you to be able to assess yourself accurately and with minimal bias. You also have to have emotional awareness, which means knowing when feelings are present in you and in others. The last piece is growing your self-confidence, which requires you to believe in your abilities, your judgment, and your personal power to act and interact in a way you are comfortable with.

How to Read an Audiobook

How to Read an Audiobook

One of the first things people say to me when they walk in my apartment is, “I wish I had more time to read.” Books are strewn across the kitchen table, in stacks by my desk, floor to ceiling shelves in the living room, in between spice racks in the kitchen, on the bedroom nightstand – you get the picture, a lot of fuel if there was a fire (my dream is to have a miniature bookshelf in the bathroom but my girlfriend won’t give in).

So here’s my confession... 

Days to Remember

Days to Remember

The main goal of Blue Collar IT is to grow practical business skills through apprenticeship. While there is a lot of value in a four-year degree, the value does not translate well into getting a job at a business that is looking for a specific skill set. With Blue Collar IT, we are mapping business processes and the people skills needed to accomplish those processes.

The Hour of Coding Effort and Future of Information Work

The Hour of Coding Effort and Future of Information Work

Unless you have been under a rock the last few weeks, you have likely heard of the Hour of Code (HOC). The idea behind HOC is to break the perception that writing code is difficult. This is an educational outreach program for young people to learn about the benefits of being technology literate. The last time I looked, over 82 million people have written over 4 billion lines of code. Why should we care? As technology continues to advance, information about how to use it is becoming more widespread (and in many cases, free). All of this is changing how we educate students and grow our workforce.