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Subcontracting: A Middleman's Perspective

As a technical consultant, I have worked with several contracts over the course of a few years. In all these cases, I was working directly for the client. However, during a discussion with one of my networking groups last night, we talked about the issues of subcontracting, and the problems they solve and create. A […]

Pros and Process – A Delicate Balance

I was reading a question on a forum the other day about the benefits of having highly skilled people work for you relative to having a clear and detailed process for how work is done. The answer, of course, is that neither will work without the other, and the challenge is to find the right […]

Technology Can Slow You Down

I’m working on a project that has been passed through a couple of iterations of design. A project that was scheduled to take a few months is now about to be released, over a year later. Why? Technology slowed us down. For this project, one of the people involved decided to make use of a […]

Saving Money on an IT Solution

If you had time to do it twice, you had time to do it right the first time.

Business Proposals

I have my first business proposal sometime next week. I’m meeting with someone who is a potential client AND a potential investor to describe my idea, the research I have already done into it, and to get buy-in from them. I’m actually not trying to get any money from them at this point, but I’m […]

My Guarantee

I had a discussion this week with one of my client’s regarding the quality of my work. The client liked the guarantee I put on my work, and is now one of my advocates. He has already sent me business, which I would not have been able to get without him. That client, as well, […]

New Computer from Dell

I was just sent an e-mail advertising a new computer system from Dell: the XPS One 24 Desktop. I’m looking for a new development computer, and I prefer to use Dell, as I have had very good experiences with them in the past. Does anyone have any feedback on this system? One of the downsides […]

Best Practices

I’ve been hearing a lot about best practices lately, and came to an interesting realization. I’m from an IT background, so I will focus on that area, but what I have to say can be extended to essentially any professional area. In IT, there are two kinds of Best Practices: those that apply to how […]