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  • Software Economics and Testing

    “There are two types of developers: those who test their software and those who will.” – Andy, circa 2015 It’s April Fool’s Day in the US, but I’m going to act like it’s Halloween. Software testing is no joke, and not testing should scare you. In 1996 (yes kids, years used to begin with a “1”), in the sixth issue of Fast Company magazine, ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on April 1, 2015
  • What’s the Number One Attribute of Awesome Email?

    Brevity. :{> Learn more:
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on February 23, 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
  • Testing

    It’s 2015 and we still have no flying cars. (Dear Doc Brown, we still need roads. Love, Andy) On a similar note, we’ve suffered through another year of software breaches and empty promises to fix the issues behind them. Brian Kelley (Blog | @kbriankelley) was right, We Don’t Care About Data and IT Security. Part of the issue is testing. Do you ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on January 5, 2015
  • “Can You See Me Think?”

    Introduction This post is the fifty-seventh part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series can be found on the series landing page. A Story… Once upon a time I was a manufacturing systems integrator. That’s a fancy description of a person who designs and builds machine control systems. I was asked to ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on October 26, 2013
  • On the Demise of the MCM Certification

    Recently, Microsoft decided to retire some expert-level certifications. Among them, the highest SQL Server certification: the Microsoft Certified Master (MCM). There are several good posts on the topic, most notably: Death of the MCM Program (Paul Randal) We can handle the truth (Joe Sack) Microsoft Certified Masters: What Problem ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on September 23, 2013
  • It’s About Delivering Value, Stupid

    James Carville coined the phrase, “It’s the economy, stupid,” as part of Bill Clinton’s 1992 US Presidential campaign. I’m not fond of the “stupid” part. But I have also never successfully advised a governor to become President of the United States by unseating an incumbent President who enjoyed a 90% approval rating earlier in his presidency. I ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 11, 2013
  • Performance-Based Management and Andy’s Law

    Let’s begin with an assertion: “People are more important than process.” – Andy, circa 2008 Whenever an enterprise or institution adopts a new process or policy, that policy should serve people and not shackle them. The nicest thing that can be said about a policy that binds people is, “It wasn’t well thought out.” It’s a bad ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on May 10, 2013
  • Less Useful Soft Skills

    IntroductionThis post is the fifty-sixth part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series can be found on the series landing page. Over a career that spans decades, one encounters useful and “less useful” soft skills in the modern enterprise. I thought I would share a few of the less useful variety: Free ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on October 23, 2012
  • Push The Pebble

    Introduction This post is the fifty-fifth 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 starting something. Today is the First Day… … of something. Somewhere, someone is starting something that will become big. It will impact lives. It will change ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on April 2, 2012
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