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Entries from June 2013

Know What the Other Person Knows

June 27th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips When confronted with non-sensical information, first ask to know what the other person knows. This first happened to me over 20 years ago. I was sitting in a medical office at a government agency. A doctor was reading my file and talking to me about my health. He made a few comments […]

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Tags: Communication · Government

We have to Ask Adults

June 24th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Children are easy to read as they haven’t yet perfected how to “act.” Adults are different, and I work with adults, so I have to ask them questions. Children don’t walk normally unless they are thinking about something else. They tend to scamper or duck their head and half run. They think […]

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Tags: Communication · Family · Work

What Programming Languages Do You Know?

June 20th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Programming languages are relevant but not critical to software engineers, but recruiters at job fairs love this question. For the record, I list my languages. I have been going to job fairs recently trying to find a job. People claim they are looking for systems engineers, software engineers, and software systems engineers. […]

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Tags: Programming · Requirements

Wearble Computing has been Here

June 17th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Google Glass is causing a panic in some circles as wearable computing is considered by some to be a threat. We all missed the boat as wearable computing has been here for years in the form of hearing aids. Google Glass is going to be the end of civilization as we know […]

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Tags: Privacy · Security · Technology

Dedication Requires Good Management

June 13th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips No, I didn’t write the title backwards. I believe that dedication among employees requires good performance from managers. Some people demonstrate dedication in exceptional circumstances. As managers, we should recognize such dedication and ensure that we do not squander their efforts. I don’t want to belittle the effort required of being a […]

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Tags: Management

A Meager Goal

June 10th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips When starting an endeavor that seeks the educate and spread information, here is a meager goal – don’t make the people less interested in the topic. Consultant and author Jerry Weinberg taught this one to me. It is his goal when teaching a class or seminar. At the end, he wants to […]

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Tags: Communication · Education

The One-Year Rule

June 6th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Before putting your work on a computer, do it by pencil and paper for a year. I developed this guideline about 20 years ago. I kept seeing people spending lots of money (million$) creating databases and such to help them do their work.  Most of the work was simple, like: We have […]

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Tags: Systems · Work

Date Please

June 3rd, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Another embarrassing blog post: please put the date on your blog posts and articles. I am really embarrassed to be writing this one, but I do so because I continue to read posts and articles that are not dated. Was the piece written five minutes or five years ago? I don’t know […]

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Tags: Writing