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The Four Budget Domains of Enterprise IoT Projects

IoT is rapidly transforming manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and several other industries. The ability to predict asset failure, rapidly diagnosis bottlenecks, and invent new revenue streams are elevating industry standards at a pace that is difficult to keep up with. Executives in these industries have been asking me to give them the basics of what they need to do.
By Tony Rost, Chief Technology Officer
January 28, 2018

My daily use of the Five Levels of Leadership

Over a year ago, I read John Maxwell’s “The Five Levels of Leadership”.  Since then, I’ve grown increasingly reliant on it’s simple model.
By Tony Rost, Chief Technology Officer
January 16, 2018

The Four Quadrants of IoT Revenue Streams

The next decade will bring a society-changing transformation to smart, connected things throughout our personal, professional, and public lives.  Everything about this change is big: the security risks are big, the improvements are big, and the scale is big.  This change is a prime space to find new revenue opportunities for every product and service business.

By Tony Rost, Chief Technology Officer
December 23, 2017

How wasted inventory shows up in software development

In software, a feature backlog is no different than a warehouse of slowly rotting, unused goods. When you think of software features, think of inventory that is wasting away unless it is delivered to a customer.
By Tony Rost, Chief Technology Officer
December 16, 2017

There are no estimates, only budgets

The challenge of estimating software projects is that software is a creative act: you can paint a line, or you can paint a Monet. Every person involved has a different opinion about the amount of creativity needed for every miniscule feature.

By Tony Rost, Chief Technology Officer
December 8, 2017

Top 5 Ways Executives Destroy Agile Companies

Photo credit: philozopher via Foter.com / CC BY-SA

A few months ago, a senior executive of a large company asked me, “With our Agile transformation, how am I going to screw it up?”  

The question shook me to the core.

By Tony Rost, Chief Technology Officer
June 28, 2017

A Sense of Software Craftsmanship

When leaders view software development as an assembly line, they expose themselves to a lot of pain: overages, missed timelines, and disappointed customers. These consequences are the painful ones that earn the attention of management. However, there is a graver consequence: your master craftspeople are ashamed of their work. This shame is viral - the next developer that maintains this code will also become defeated, and the shame will pass down, developer by developer, until the business can no longer afford the lost productivity and buys something new.
By Tony Rost, Chief Technology Officer
August 1, 2016

Web Agencies Need Code Review

Web design and development agencies are lacking in code review practices, and our collective clients are suffering as a result.

By Tony Rost, Chief Technology Officer
August 13, 2012

Drupal Views now supports queries of Google Analytics report data

Views 3 now supports queries against Google Analytics. I've added this experimental module to the 7.x-3.x development release of Google Analytics Reports.

Queries supported

Most popular Google Analytics queries currently pass:

By Tony Rost, Chief Technology Officer
May 3, 2012

A beginner's guide to GIT BISECT - The process of elimination

The slowest, most tedious way of finding a bad git commit is something we've all done before. You checkout some old commit, make sure the broken code isn't there, then checkout a slightly newer commit, check again, and repeat over and over until you find the flawed commit.

Using git bisect is a much better way. It's like a little wizard that walks you through recent commits, asks you if they are good or bad, and narrows down the broken commit. In this blog post, I encourage you to create a fresh git repository and walk through each step. Hopefully, you'll gain an intrinsic understanding of git bisect by the end of the exercise.

By Tony Rost, Chief Technology Officer
April 19, 2012

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