The Yin and Yang of Hidden Technology Spend

The spending category with many names. Not all technology spend within a company originates in the IT group. It’s widely known this behavior exists, but rarely discussed in the context of aggregating all technology spend. Industry writers have many names for it, including shadow IT, hidden IT, business unit technology spend, and rogue technology spend.  Some business managers enjoy the Read More …

Removing a broken headphone jack from a Macbook – Solved

Several weeks ago my daughter updated to a new MacBook Air after using a MacBook for six years. I inherited the MacBook for general use and since I don’t normally use Macs, I was happy to get a chance to play with one. But there was a problem. A headphone jack tip broke off inside the Macbook. Peering inside I Read More …

The Resource Constraint Conundrum

It’s the most over used term in the office. “We have resource constraints.” “We can’t do that project due to resource constraints.” “We missed the time line due to resource constraints.” The rationale behind this line of thinking is that there isn’t enough people. If we just had more people then we could do all the projects and hit all Read More …

Silly Marketers – Tricks are for Kids

Sometimes marketing pieces catch my attention and create thought. I look at the message, call to action, and design elements of the marketing. I consider the effectiveness of the piece in my life and think about how it might be received by others as well.  In an effective marketer’s toolbox of tricks is the ability to create a perceived need Read More …

The framework for creativity

How do your find your creative zone? Finding a creative zone is a popular topic for writers, artists, journalists, designers, and many other professionals that create content for a living or as a hobby. Some thought leaders like Graham Wallace have tried to define the stages of creativity in academic terms as a formal process.   Others, like Todd Henry, promote Read More …