The Almighty Point: A Formulaic Approach to Software Engineering Decision-Making in an Agile World

I’ve been engineering, leading, maintaining developing, and delivering software projects and products for 23 years. Full life cycle from waterfall methodology to various flavors and hybrids of Agile methodology. No team structure has been the same, and I’ve played just about every role there is to play to one extent or another. But one thing …

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A Writer’s Moment

I woke up at dawn to cloudy skies and a damp Oklahoma. My wife and had stayed late at her dad's house to watch a weather forecaster talked us through possible weather disasters as storms blew northeast across my state. We are safe. I believe I was successful in not waking my wife as I …

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A Friend of the Family – Part 4

“Yeah, Jacob…Adams?” he began, squinting at me as he spoke my last name, cueing me for a nod. I helped him out, “Yeah, Adams. He was in Mrs. Johnson's class, too. You remember, Jacob, right?” “Ohhh, yeah….sure! Jacob Adams. Ohhhhhh…wait” she leaned in and lowered her voice, “Did we make out at the P.C. North …

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Bringing the 360° VR Office Experience to Remote Workers

For many years, I have been curious about virtual reality headsets, but had never followed through with actually trying one. For one, they were very expensive and two, no one I knew owned one, so the only opportunity to try one out was in my local mall. The VR gaming space in the mall was …

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Whiff – Chapter 2

“What the hell, Jim?  Why aren’t those books re-shelved?” says Connor. I very much dislike when people curse at me.  I am entirely unable to respond to that kind of language.  Mother says that unless the “H” word is used in a religious context, it is foul and uncivil. He steps between me and the …

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Bay City Runaway – Part 10

start at the beginning When I had a moment to myself at work, I pulled up the San Francisco Opera website. They would perform La Boheme that evening, and I meant to buy tickets for Amy and myself, the good seats, not the nosebleeds I usually sat in. I wanted this to be a special …

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Whiff – Chapter 1

The clinking of all the tiny bottles in my satchel comforts me as I walk through the double automatic doors of The Gardens nursing facility and hospice care. “Well hello, Mr. Bronson.  Nice to see you,” says Juliette, the large-bosomed woman behind the front desk.  I’ve never spoken to her, and likely never will.  I …

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Bay City Runaway – Part 9

Start from the beginning We had fallen into a routine of morning coffee and newspaper. I no longer questioned her presence in my apartment and my life. She was a part of my existence now. She was filling a piece of a large hole in my life. What piece, I did not know. I heard …

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What’s Next?

I've written five out of the eight episodes of E-Vatar: A Musical for the Pandemic Age. The episodes are planned; I just need all the cool words to make it a play. But the work is winding down on that project for me. It's up to the performers, musicians, director, and the sound engineer, now. …

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