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The AwkEng and Supply Chain

Hi all, We're back today with an update on Voltmeter Clocks and a brief foray into supply chain. The Vickrey auction is over, we've collected funds...

The Awkward Engineer Origin Story

Hi all, Every now and then, someone points out that I'm not *that* awkward, and then they ask me how I picked the Awkward Engineer name. First, I u...

Better Backlogs, or The AwkEng Makes JIRA Hurt Less

Better Backlogs, or The AwkEng Makes JIRA Hurt Less

  Hi all! Today's post is about software backlogs, why they often turn into quagmires, how to fix them, and better yet, how to prevent quagmires in...

The AwkEng is Back With Another Mini Book Report

Hi all, Another mini book report for you! As per usual, they are listed in the general order of how much I recommend them and/or how much I enjoyed...

Assistant to the AwkEng

Hi all! I've mentioned briefly in a few previous blog posts that I work with a personal assistant. Some readers expressed curiosity about this, so ...

The AwkEng Discovers a Better Way to Pop Popcorn

The AwkEng Discovers a Better Way to Pop Popcorn

Hi all! Today's post is about serendipity and discovering a better way to pop popcorn. It could be this is just common popcorn knowledge, but I did...

The AwkEng Leaves Bread Crumbs (and is Available for Your Podcast!)

Hi all, I'm issuing an open solicitation for recommendations and introductions to appear on podcasts. They're a lot of fun to record and I'd hap...

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...