What vs how

So I sat down to write out my GTD 50k goals and work my way into the next quarter.  And its hard.  Let me rephrase that ... it's haaaaaaaaaaaaard.  The question is why?  I know what's important to me, I know what I want to accomplish, don't I?  Why is it so ever-loving hard to sit down and write out those goals?   Form over substance If you've been following along, you know that the form information takes is pretty important to me.  So when I sat down to pull together my thoughts on my goals for 2011, the first thought that ... more ...

Basel III and the credit unions

While its not hot in the mainstream media, there's been a great deal of talk lately in financial circles about Basel III.  There's a great review of the what Basel III is over at BankSimple, but the gist of the changes to the world's banks is this: Banks are required to carry capital of at least 7% of risk-weighted assets Banks are required to carry capital of at least 3% of all assets Banks are required to carry sufficient liquid assets to cover 30 days of liabilities The question I have is, so what?  Credit Unions in this country have ... more ...

Function without form is no function at all

You've all heard the derisive phrases "form over function", "lipstick on a pig" and the like.  The gist of these epithets is to indicate that more care and attention is put into how something looks than into how that something works.  Its a fair criticism when the function is lacking, but I'd argue that when the function is solid, the form is an equally important consideration.  Function without form is no function at all.  I believe that this is an important concept that is ignored.  I believe that this needs to be a fundamental tenet of the IT industry.  I ... more ...

Electile Disfunction

We take community involvement seriously.  And as one of our communities, Edmonton, is currently going through the paces of its current municipal election, I thought I would take a moment to reflect on the issues that are resonating with me at this early stage.  My goal is awareness and my own feeble ploy to save some of you from municipal electile disfunction: that state where you can't be bothered to get up and vote, or worse, voting without knowing who or what you're supporting. Double the Wards, double the fun So first and foremost, what do you ... more ...

The 4 'A's of team behaviour

I've worked with a number of teams over the years. Built-from-scratch teams, in-place teams I've inherited and teams that have grown organically with me over a long period. In all cases, people have interesting dynamics when they operate in a team, but despite their ability to amaze me with their individualism, teams always seem to go through 4 stages as they react to a new leader. Apathy - "I don't need anyone but me" The first stage of team behaviour is that of apathy.  Apathy for the users' desires, the team's needs and the leader's instructions.  Apathy is most prominent ... more ...