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May 29 2011

Crafting a Summer Intern Program

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Inspired by Fog Creek’s summer intern program, for the last few years we’ve (occasionally) thought about a summer intern program at Oasis Digital. We’ll going to try it out this summer, with a single intern; a more substantial program is possible in the future. Read more at the Oasis Digital blog, where I’ve moved this […]

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Nov 16 2010

Hire a RAIT: Redundant Array of Independent Teams

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Life is Risk Whenever you hire out work, either to a person, to a team, or to a company, there are risks. These risks can easily prevent the work from being completed, and even more easily prevent it from being completed on time. (I’m thinking mostly of software development work as I write this, but […]

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Oct 29 2010

In the Arena

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Almost every day at some point I wander over to Hacker News, which has some great discussion, along with some less great discussion, among people pursuing or aspiring to pursue a software startup or similar business. Likewise with local events (like ITEN STL offers), and even more so the Business of Software conference earlier this […]

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Sep 03 2010

Apple is Building a Bigger Footprint

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I’ve seen a lot of people writing (whining?) about being unimpressed by some of the new Apple products/features announced at their event this week. These folks are missing Apple’s strategy. Several of Apple’s new gizmos are laying a foundation and pointing down an obvious path for their products: iTunes-Ping Social Network It doesn’t integrate with […]

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Aug 19 2010

I Admire the Ruby Community

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(I have cross-posted this to theĀ Oasis Digital blog.)   Over the last year or so, I’ve spent perhaps 50 hours rethinking what kind of business Oasis Digital should be. I’ve studied business models. I’ve made spreadsheets. I’ve looked around that numerous other consulting firms. The results of all that… are slowly emerging. Stay tuned. In […]

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Aug 19 2010

Sometimes, Establishing Expertise Doesn’t Pay Off

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Recently I analyzed the relative payoff from different types of work I’ve done in my career to date. Some of the work has paid off reasonably well. But one particular bit of it stands out as a counter-example to common wisdom: Between 1997 and 2000, I spent countless hours on the BDE Alternatives Guide, a […]

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