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  • 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 2, 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
  • Trick Question

    Introduction This post is the fifty-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 you. Me? Yep, you. Two questions: What is your job title? (<—Not a trick question) What business are you in? (<—Trick question) :{>
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on March 27, 2012
  • Managing Confidence

    Introduction This post is the fifty-third 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 inspiring others. Hot Chicks - Baby chickens beneath a warming lamp… </NonSubtleSEOPloy> For those who do not know, we raise chickens that lay eggs – ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on March 22, 2012
  • Q: How Many Calls From Work While on Vacation is Too Many?

    A: One.   P.S. This post is the fifty-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 how to quickly and efficiently get the employees you need most to begin seeking employment elsewhere.
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on March 12, 2012
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