Desk Checking Prose

Couldn’t resist passing this on as we are talking about checking. Lovers of the English language might enjoy this…..How do non English speakers ever learn all the nuances of English???     There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any ot

Keeping Myself Encouraged

I am been trying hard to improve my golf game and I am getting very frustrated.  I was reflecting on this and how to keep myself encouraged.  First thing I thought of is that I am very fortunate that my body allows me to play and practice as much as I want.  I think as

What Do I Want To Be When I Grow Up

A funny title but I think we all ask that question many times.  I know I have.  One common misconception is that we make a choice when we are young and we are stuck with that choice forever.  I do not for one minute think that is true.  I think and believe that we

Is Life Coffee or Golf?

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee a

Desk Checking 2 – Design Reviews

Another approach to desk checking is code reviews and design reviews.  Both these practices are a great help to the project when they are done with a spirit of ego-less inquiry.  I believe we would save a tremendous amount of time in rework and bugs if we did more design rev

Life is a Process, not a Destination

I learn lots of life’s lessons from golf and my efforts to improve.   Just when I figure that I have something figured out that will really improve my game the Golf God’s say "No, you don’t!"    The message is that golf is a continuous p

Open and Closed Questions

How good are the questions you asked people?  Two simple categories of questions are open and closed.  Closed questions are one that require a very specific answer.  For example "Where do you live?"  or "Who do you work for".  These really

Desk Checking 1

Early in my career I worked on real time systems and many batch processes.  One of the things that myself and others preached was the value of desk checking your program after it was compiled before you ran the program to see if it worked.  I ran into huge resistance from mo

Encouragement Part 5

Rudolf Deikurs in his book "Children The Challenge"  says that a misbehaving child is a discouraged child.  I found the idea and the book quite profound and really influenced my thinking and behavior.  I understood a little better some behavior.  I took a


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