Interview Tip: Passion will Win the Day

Although I attended the event below on behalf of my employer Twilio, this is not necessarily their position on this topic. I write representing my own opinion and thoughts.. Last week, I was tapped to represent Twilio at the Made In Austin recruiting event at University of Texas-Austin. While the event was well-organized, the students […]

Projects vs operational work – How do companies organise to be ‘best’ at both?

Read it on the blog is a project and engineering management discussion blog. A kind of ‘Carrie Bradshaw’ view of the engineering blogging world, only without the shoe fetish! The aim of this, my second blog, is to open a debate on what is the most appropriate organisational design for companies that are required to […]

Friday Night Hacks – August 2011

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate in Austin’s first Friday Night Hacks hosted by Damon Clinkscales. When he first told me about the concept, I was intruiged: Friday Night Hacks is an opportunity to connect, share ideas, build cool stuff and launch projects into the community. We typically do this into […]

How to write a good product requirements document

Written by Chris Pinter February 1, 2010 The development of new technology starts from a marketing perspective. It is important to know what you are building before you build it. Business Analysts’ are constantly asking the question… What does the market want? Knowing the answer is the key to success. Documenting the facts and key […]

php|tek 2011 Closing Remarks

A few weeks ago at php|tek, I was lucky enough to deliver the Closing Remarks. Well.. it was less “lucky” and more of a “wait.. you haven’t done anything this week, make yourself useful.” So after a week of sessions, midnight hackathons, midnight unconference, tornados, power outages, a red carpet entrance, a family reunion, I […]

php|tek 2011 Hackathon

If you haven’t figured out by now, I attend quite a few conferences and catch a lot of presentations from numerous speakers. I’ve found that most presenters have a sweet spot. They’re good at expressing a concept but don’t get into the code. Others can build ridiculously powerful applications but couldn’t describe the concept if […]

How to build a Project Management Office

In today’s complex company environment new projects are continuously being developed as organizations seek new ways to lessen expenses, enhance processes, increase productivity, and build their bottom line. Managing these diverse projects along with their individuals, resources, technology, and communication is really a challenging endeavor for which the risk of failure is frequently far too […]

The Second Key to running Successful Improvement Projects: Senior Sponsor Support

In my previous blog, posted here on the 28th of February, I spoke about the first key to Successful Improvement Projects; “An Uncompromising Focus on the Customer.” At the conclusion of that posting, I promised to follow it up with the second key; Senior Sponsor Support. Read on to find out about the second key… […]