Stop Using This HR Buzzword: Iterative

There’s a word in our collective vocabulary that needs to die a quick death. The word is “iterative.” Have you heard it? Many IT professionals are thinking about iterative and incremental development cycles, which is a thing unto itself. But your HR director just learned the word “iterative” and is probably misusing it. For example,…

Influencer Marketing

I want to pretend that I’m impressed by experts and influencer marketing campaigns. Unfortunately, that’s a lie. Experts are idiots. I’m an expert in some circles beyond my mind, and I don’t know anything. Nobody else knows anything, either. And let’s not forget that the robots are coming. We should all embrace a basic income and…

How to work with stupid people.

We all have them in our lives. Trump lovers, Bernie supporters, birthers, 9/11 truthers, and people who send you a voicemail/text/email and then stop by your desk two seconds later because they need a response. Here’s how to work with stupid people. Smile. Pause. Breathe. It diffuses the stupidity. Begin with praise. We’re all narcissists.…

Botticelli Reimagined

A few weeks ago, Jennifer McClure asked if I wanted to go back to Istanbul. She has a conference on the Asia-side of the city. In case you weren’t reading my blog at the time, Jennifer and I took an incredible trip to Turkey back in February 2014 in the midst of riots, a government-wide…

Girl Develop It

Earlier this year, a friend of mine told me that he teaches a Girl Develop It class in Cincinnati. What’s Girl Develop It? Girl Develop It is a nonprofit organization that exists to provide affordable and judgment-free opportunities for women interested in learning web and software development. Through in-person classes and community support, Girl Develop…

Work Friends Endure!

I barely ever make work-related friends, but I’m lucky to have 4-5 people in my life who have known me forever. One of those guys is Jeff. Jeff and I shouldn’t be friends. We are political opposites. We don’t live near one another or work together, anymore. But there was this one time when I…