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Business vs. IT

I felt like a lawyer. The call was in less than 12 hours, and I was busy preparing my case, consolidating evidence and building my story. To be honest, I wasn’t 100% behind the argument I was preparing to put across, but I didn’t really have much of a choice. […]

Creating on the iPad

Creating on the iPad… it’s just not the same as creating on the computer. When on the iPad, I’m far more a consumer. Typing is laboured, and sharing isn’t as easy. If I see an image on Facebook or Linked In, and I want to share that with my Google+ […]

People Watching

People watching used to be a favourite hobby of mine. Sitting at a café, observing without judging. Then technology came along. And I don’t observe people so much anymore. I mean, you can’t observe both the screen and the people around you, can you? A real pity, really. Technology has […]

Business vs. IT

I was reminded today in a book I’m reading on visual analytics that the purpose of any analytical project is ultimately to make better decisions. Coming from a mixed business and IT background, I have had my fair share of IT vs. Business conundrums. With my IT hat on, I’m always […]

Getting Real by 37Signals

In what must be one of the most serendipituous moments of my recent life I hit upon 37Signals’ Getting Real TOC page after doing a search of a string of text that randomly entered my mind. (The whole book’s available online for free? Wow!) I’d first read Getting Real in its physical […]

User requests are like hunger pangs

“So, when is the [request] going to be ready?” he asks me, the fourth person to ask in a one-week period. This, I think to myself, is probably real hunger. “I’m working on it,” I reply, which means I’m waiting it out to determine how important the request really is. […]

What do you do? I’m an analyst.

“So,” my wife’s friend asks, “what do you do?” I pause for a moment, prepare to say “business analyst”, but then decide not to because I didn’t think she’d understand what I did. I look at my wife and ask her, “what do I do?”, hoping she’d have a better […]