The trade off

19 November 2013

The single most important thing to understand when managing a software project (or any project for that matter). The tradeoff between features, quality, and time. “When a project cannot meet all three goals—a situation Healthcare.gov was clearly in by March—something will give. If you want certain features at a certain level of quality, you’d better be able to move the deadline. If you want overall quality by a certain deadline, you’d better be able to delay or drop features. And if you have a…

A wacky idea about patents

2 April 2013

I'm not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV. Weejay, one of the companies I work with, received a letter from a law firm in KC a few weeks ago. The letter basically claimed that their client had a patent pending on what they described as something along the lines of an "audio visual entertainment system." I'm not sure if thats the exact wording, but its about the same amount of vagueness. The letter didn't reference the patent or even who their client was. Pretty much a scare tactic. I guess they…

K-State vs. KU

29 March 2013

I should start this by saying, I am a K-State fan through and through. I bleed purple and I despise KU, but I wanted to take an objective look at why I despise KU, so that maybe KU fans or anyone can understand it a bit better. This should a bit different than my typical K-State/KU rant, given that I am completely sober and K-State lost about a week ago, so I’m pretty much over it. Go Shox.   I think the number one reason why at least I, and I have feeling a number of K-State fans, despise KU is…

The engine of business

23 January 2013

I should probably start this post off by letting you know that the views expressed are mine and mine alone, they are not the views of any of my employers, past or present. I wouldn't want them taking credit for my awesomeness anyways.   This evening I posted a tweet about a company that was pretty negative. No, this isn't what you are thinking. I'm not apologizing. It is still as true as it was when I fired it off into the twittersphere. I also am not going to tell you what triggered this…

I fucked up

30 October 2011

This weekend, I fucked up. I don’t want to go into details about what I did or why, but I would like to examine what good can come from a relatively small mess up and what can be learned. Depending on how public what you did is, you need to go into damage control immediately. Begin analyzing how to mitigate the issue as soon as possible after (or even before) the immediate threat has been taken care of. You need to figure out who to apologize to and what other actions you need to do…

I can't do it

7 September 2011

When I was young I remember, at times, being absolutely frustrated because I thought I couldn't do something like memorizing vocabulary words or remembering multiplication tables. My parents made me practice and practice, until I got it. A few years later I was a freshman in high school taking Geometry for the first time. The first night that we had homework assigned I sat down to start working on it and after a few moments I gave up saying, "I can't do this, its too hard." My parents, hearing…

Idea: Facebook Stories

14 August 2011

Was watching some facebook product videos last night and came up with an idea for an app built on top of Facebook. The problem: Status updates are extremely ephemeral and matter for about 5 minutes before they are pushed to wayside by the rest of your friends’ status updates. Same goes for photos, video, checkins and other content shared on facebook- though to a lesser effect. My Solution: Create an app, most likely inside facebook to display a story. It would be similar to a photo album, but…

Thoughts on higher education and jobs

7 August 2011

If you are coming out of college today without a specific skill or experience in a area where your degree is focused, don't be surprised if you can't find a job. According to a recent article in CNN Money, 85% of college grads are moving back home before finding a job. 1 Peter Thiel's announcement of his 20 under 20 program where he also mentioned he thought there was a looming bubble in higher education because people blindly invested in higher and higher cost degrees assuming that the value…

An applied entrepreneurship curriculum

13 April 2011

Lately, I have been talking with professors and reading articles on teaching entrepreneurship. The field is a difficult one to teach because it requires application to learn. I want to outline my thoughts on how to best teach the a curriculum of entrepreneurship. The fact of the matter is, if you want to be an entrepreneur you need to be a leader, be innovative, and posses skills outside of business. I believe a great entrepreneurship program needs to be highly selective when allowing students…

Exiting my comfort zone

10 March 2011

I have worked for two companies that I wasn’t in charge of in my life. I spent a short stint during college at a computer repair and business network shop. I did a lot of different things there from replacing parts in Apple computers to troubleshooting wireless networks. I hated it. I could never understand why customers asked what was wrong when I would fix a problem knowing full-well that the answer coming out of my mouth would be incomprehensible to them. This job even made me change my major…

The problems with aspiring entrepreneurs

4 March 2011

As I have mentioned before, I am an Entrepreneurship student at Kansas State University. Last I knew there were around 50 students in the program, which is fantastic for the program. However, I’m not sure of the value these students are getting. The program does teach you a lot of the ins and outs of different areas of business, but I’m not sure if the training is really focused on creating high potential entrepreneurs or if it is inadvertently creates business students who will make great…

Predicting the future & other crazy ideas

28 February 2011

After reading ‘How Great Entrepreneurs Think‘ in the February issue of Inc. Magazine and at about the same time reading Fred Wilson’s blog post on Marketing I had some thoughts that I wanted to get on to a screen. Some excerpts on great entrepreneurs from the article in Inc: “A survey of Inc 500 CEOs found that 60% had not written business plans before launching their companies. Just 12% had done market research.” Most of the CEOs involved in the Inc piece decided that instead of conducting…