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The AwkEng Finds Art All Around Him

The AwkEng Finds Art All Around Him

Hi all, This post is about finding and capturing art in the world around us. It starts a few years ago, when my oldest kid was finally big enough t...

The AwkEng Finds An 80 Year Old Telegram

The AwkEng Finds An 80 Year Old Telegram

Hi all, I found some nearly 80 year old telegrams recently, sent to my grandparents on their wedding day. It tickled my brain, because the telegram...

The AwkEng's Jan 2021 Super Condensed Book Report

Hi all! Here's my super condensed book report. I have a backlog of titles I've read lately and partly due to COVID, I really miss the lunchtime c...

How the AwkEng Coped with COVID in 2020 (by Ignoring Work Email)

How the AwkEng Coped with COVID in 2020 (by Ignoring Work Email)

Yes, it's been a year. In a way, it's been a good thing for me though, as I've developed a number of coping mechanisms that I plan to keep as habit...

Dude, Where's My (The AwkEng's) Car?

Dude, Where's My (The AwkEng's) Car?

Hey readers, This post is about solving the "Dude, where's my car?" question, although it's normally me asking my wife, or vice versa, and it's phr...

Subject to Structure Failure

Subject to Structure Failure

Hi all, Just some photos today from a walk around Somerville, MA. The long awaited Green Line, after years of delays, is looking like it will actua...

The Taxman Cometh for the AwkEng's Allowance Distributions

The Taxman Cometh for the AwkEng's Allowance Distributions

This post is about teaching financial literacy to my children. I have a distinct memory as a teenager, working as a lifeguard, getting my first rea...

The Awkward Engineers Uses Bits of Wax to Make His House Better

The Awkward Engineers Uses Bits of Wax to Make His House Better

As winter approaches, I am 100% still geeking out about some old school mechanical technology I installed in my home that let me move from a single...

The Awkward Engineer Makes Laundry Better with Lean Manufacturing Principles and Pop Psychology

The Awkward Engineer Makes Laundry Better with Lean Manufacturing Principles and Pop Psychology

I have a personal household Nirvana of sorts that I'm currently questing after (and I also think my wife is questing me to quest after) where laundry and dishes are no longer burdensome unpleasant chores, but rather, are transformed into pleasant activities that can bring a sense of satisfaction. Of course, to my wife's great satisfaction, this means I do a lot more of them.

The Awkward Engineer, Trello, and Love of Physical Paper

The Awkward Engineer, Trello, and Love of Physical Paper

This post is about a dream I have to develop a perfect tool that marries the physical with the digital. In this case, I'm just talking about tools to manage my to do lists and notes. Things that I love about pen and paper include that:

The AwkEng Explores Information Design

As a technical program manager, I spend a fair bit of time these days compiling and collecting status, hence the need for better tools.

The Awkward Engineer Reviews a Book About Kanban

The Awkward Engineer Reviews a Book About Kanban

If you haven't read Lean MVP, I'd recommend that first over Product Development Flow as it's more digestable. If you're interested in applying Kanban to non-software processes, or getting into more technical detail of why Kanban works, then I recommend picking up a copy