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  • Opinions Change

    Opinions change, and they should change as more and better evidence surfaces. There are words for this: “learning” and “growing” are but two of them. Communication plays a key role in changing opinions. I’ve been studying communication recently and I’ve decided it’s a miracle anyone is ever able to communicate with anyone else. There are ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 26, 2015
  • While You Have It…

    I remind my children who live at home - the "junior engineers" - to deal with the things they have in their hands while they have them in their hands. Why? Because it’s inefficient to put something down only to pick it up later and put it where it belongs. Like all rules, there are exceptions to this. I also tell them to spend an extra ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 26, 2015
  • What Customers Want

    Not once, in my combined years of direct employment by enterprises or consulting, has a customer contacted me about an issue about the grain of their date dimension in their enterprise data warehouse. Not one single time. I haven’t been contacted about cardinality either. Or trouble with execution threading models. Nope. Not ever. Instead, I’ve ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 10, 2015
  • On Kindness

    Do you remember that time kindness backfired? Do you remember kindness letting you down? Me neither. Kindness never fails. I can hear you thinking, “Yeah, Andy? Well there was this time I was kind and…” The thing you’re going to finish that sentence with, the thing that didn’t happen? That wasn’t going to happen anyway. But here’s what did ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on April 15, 2015
  • Managing Geeks Now Available for the Kindle!

    Managing Geeks – A Journey of Leading by Doing is now available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions! Many people have expressed interest in obtaining an electronic copy of Managing Geeks. I’m sorry it took this long, but it is finally available. On a related note, I now know a lot more about self-publishing. The book is based on a ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on January 22, 2015
  • Credibility

    Introduction This post is the fiftieth part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series can be found on the series landing page. This post is about credibility. The Internal List I believe everyone has an Internal List of Acceptable Actions (ILAA). I read this in a book about Values-Based Leadership – it may ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on December 12, 2011
  • Dashboards

    Introduction This post is the forty-ninth part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series can be found on the series landing page. This post is about dashboards. Dashboards are where data meets decision-makers. The field of data visualization is about this intersection of information and actors. ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on December 5, 2011
  • Performance-Based Management Stinks

    Introduction This post is the forty-eighth part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series can be found on the series landing page. This post is about Performance-Based Management (PBM). Almost… In Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis refutes an argument with the following statement: It has every amiable ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on November 3, 2011
  • Outlasting Outrageous Opposition

    Introduction This post is the forty-fourth part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series can be found on the series landing page. This post is about responding to outrageous opposition. Opposition Happens As I stated in Love Your Enemies, opposition is a clue. Does that mean all opposition is good or can ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on July 27, 2011
  • The Last Percent

    Introduction This post is the forty-second part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series can be found on the series landing page. This post is about the removing obstacles to performance (in people). People Are Good I believe people want to perform well – in life, on the job, in business and personal ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on July 5, 2011
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