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Consultant, lecturer, project manager, business manager, and software architect who has been with Computer Aid, Inc. since its inception over 25 years ago.

November, 2014

  • 17 November

    Being a True Friend Can Require Agile Thinking

    “False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces; but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports.” – Richard Burton One important aspect of agile thinking is being able to change one’s perspective on the fly. This can be helpful not just in your business life, but in your personal one as well. There are times when being a friend requires that you think agile on your feet …

June, 2014

  • 12 June

    Dancing on the Edge of Chaos is Being Agile

    This one is for Jen! “In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.” -Carl Jung During a round table phone conference of agilists that I participated in recently, a questions was asked by the moderator, “At what point is the maximum efficiency and effectiveness in agile methods achieved?” After listening to several answers, such as, “Maximum efficiency is never achieved, it is an ever moving goal.” I responded that, “Maximum …

November, 2013

  • 21 November

    Healthcare.gov: How Poor Project Communication Killed The Patient

    This one is dedicated to Sally, “Di politica nunquam nos!” “Truth never damages a cause that is just.” ― Mahatma Gandhi By now most of America knows that the healthcare.gov website—one of the main delivery portals of the Affordable Care Act—was a disaster.  Even back on November 13th only 13% in a Slate poll[1] thought it was successful; and a week is a long time in a political hot potato such as this.  There are so many …

May, 2013

  • 7 May

    A Natural Agilist Practices What She Preaches

    Katie Iorio-Martin is the Franchise President and CEO; Partner of Dale Carnegie Training for Southeastern Pennsylvania located at 2000 Valley Forge Circle, Suites 119 & 120 King of Prussia, PA 19406.  She has been involved with Dale Carnegie for over 20 years in various roles including sales, operations, and training.  Katie is a top certified, multi-course trainer.   She is responsible for setting corporate strategy and leading her team’s execution.  Katie supports sales consultants, coaches trainers, manages all internal …

  • 2 May

    A Certification doth not an Agilist Make

    This one is for Elaine of the golden hair.  Angels above blush at thy beauty. “Socrates gave no diplomas or degrees, and would have subjected any disciple who demanded one to a disconcerting catechism on the nature of true knowledge.” – G. M. Trevelyan The other evening, I had the chance to chat with an acquaintance who is a certified scrum master (CSM).  We started a rather deplorable, desultory conversation, until the subject turned to certifications.  …

April, 2013

  • 1 April

    What Every CIO Should Know about Agile Architectures

    Agile architecture seems, at first glance, to be a contradiction. Agile is responsive, immediate, and fly-by-the-seat. Architecture implies non-movement: regimented development that is inflexible (or, at best, requires several processes to change). This PDF by Brian Lucas provides a bit more insight into what agile architecture is, why CIOs need to understand it, and how it can dramatically impact your existing processes: http://www.compaid.com/caiinternet/ezine/AgileArch-Lucas.pdf

March, 2013

  • 8 March

    A Natural Agilist Returns to His Roots

    George Santos is the epitome of the rising tide of executives leaving the large corporate world.  They are striking out on their own to become the foundation of a new emergent business economy.  They represent a new breed of entrepreneur. In many ways, they are returning America to its roots of small business founded in the colonial era directly driven by empowered customers.  In his own words, Mr. Santos says, “At Gogiro we have a vested …

  • 8 March

    13 Keeping Agile Predictions for 2013

    “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” – Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra Don’t look for sources1 here!  My predictions, after all, are my predictions.  Follow them and either praise or vilify me at the year’s end.  During the last 6 months, I have been encouraged by some editors2 to become more controversial – so here goes.  In the last five years, there has been an enormous amount of doomsayers filling the airways with …

  • 8 March

    Sailing in an Agile Ship with Vision and Knowledge to Guide You (Part 2)

    Since the mid-1990s, the Internet has had a revolutionary impact on culture and commerce.  We have seen the rise of near-instant communication spoken of by Alvin Toffler in Revolutionary Wealth via electronic mail, instant messaging, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) “phone calls” and two-way interactive video calls.  The World Wide Web’s seeming limitless discussion forums, blogs30, social networking, and even online shopping sites with comments and recommendations has arguably had more impact on mankind that …

  • 7 March

    Sailing in an Agile Ship with Vision and Knowledge to Guide You

      Dedicated to Joseph P. Wisdo (1951-2013) Colleague, Friend and Humanitarian “Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny.” – Carl Schurz    Since the early 1980s, many organizations suffered wild swings between a starboard of success and a port of failure1; others sailed a steadily …