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The AwkEng and Project Management - What Clicked?

Hi all, A few people have asked me lately to describe my approach to running projects. Really, it distills down to implementing two separate pieces...

The AwkEng Is Inspired by Ted Lasso (and also Takes Photos Around Somerville)

The AwkEng Is Inspired by Ted Lasso (and also Takes Photos Around Somerville)

Hi all, The trees are blooming in Somerville, so I took my kids on a "photo walk" and took pictures around the neighborhood. (They had a toddler ca...

Bigger Than Usual Book Report

Hi all, Larger than usual book report today and the writeups are longer than usual. I'll include my summary for Turn The Ship Around, which gets my...

Book Summary: Start With Why

I read Start With Why because it's referenced by several others books I've read recently. It's good, but save yourself a lot of time and watch Simo...

Books Summary: Continuous Discovery Habits

I read Continuous Discovery Habits after going down a rabbit hole looking for a better way to organize information gathered from customer intervie...

Book Summary: Built to Last

I read Built to Last with the knowledge that Jim Collins had worked with Jeff Bezos in Amazon's early days, and it's clear to me after reading thi...

Book Summary: When Coffee and Kale Compete

When Coffee and Kale Compete is going on my recommend list. It takes a lot of ideas from other books and clarifies and refines them. It even calls ...

Book Summary: Turn the Ship Around

Hi all, I want to highly recommend Turn the Ship Around. In a nutshell, the book is about intentionally designing systems into an organization or c...

Collegiate Level Popsicle Sticks with the AwkEng

Hi all, Today's post is about designing a collegiate level course in popsicle stick bridge building. The idea has been in my head for years, but th...

The AwkEng Thinks About Vickrey Auctions

Hey all! Today's post is about Vickrey Auctions, and figuring out how to make it feasible to run ultra-small batches of Clocks.  The Voltmeter C...

The AwkEng Thinks About Pay Scale Systems

Hi all, Since reading Radical Candor, I've been thinking about performance reviews and pay scale systems. The punchline is that I don't think that ...

The AwkEng Sets Up a High Efficiency Work Cell

The AwkEng Sets Up a High Efficiency Work Cell

Hi all, Today's post continues the previous Yak Shaving theme from reorganizing the basement, but this time it's with the intention of revisiting t...