Review of the Previous Quarter

With Q1 2015 wrapped up, now’s a great time to reflect on the previous quarter. Did anything dramatic happen? Why, yes, there were some serious ups and downs. From a rhythm, data, and priorities perspective, there are several items to review: Simplified One Page Strategic Plan – The one pager is the overall business alignment…

9 Entrepreneurial Team Member Traits

Sam Wheeler of PayRight Health Solutions posted a great comment yesterday about traits he finds in entrepreneurial team members at thriving startups. After seeing the list, I readily agree. Here are his nine entrepreneurial traits of successful team members: Flourish with ambiguity. Love constant change. Feel as if they are on a mission. Comfortable being misunderstood. Can make…

Gmail Productivity Tips

Personally, I enjoy figuring out ways to be more efficient and more productive. One area that I’ve developed several shortcuts and optimizations is Google Apps, specifically Gmail. For two decades, I did email in a native app (Pine, Thunderbird, and Outlook) before switching exclusively to Gmail. After being Gmail-only for several years, I recommend it to everyone.…

The Why Around Job Changes in Interviews

One of the most common problems I see when team members interview job candidates is related to questions about jobs in the past. The typical interview goes like this: Interviewer: I see you worked at IBM. Tell me what you did there? Candidate: I was a software engineer on the web services team. My responsibility was…

Consulting to Fund Product Development

Recently I’ve had the chance to talk with two different entrepreneurs who were building software consulting firms to fund product development. Software engineering is in high demand and a number of businesses, especially startups, are hiring contractors to rapidly prototype new products and ideas. Here are a few thoughts on consulting to fund product development: Consulting work, with…