Apply Your Core Knowledge

Everyone knows something and in order to know something they must have studied what they know.  There’s a wide variety of ways people acquire information and knowledge.  I work with some extraordinarily smart individuals and some of them hate reading.  They find themselves...

Apply Your Core Knowledge
Jacob RoeckerWords, Erinaceous

CYCOPEDE: Erinaceous

Do you ever have a conversation that's been difficult because no matter how hard you try you can only see the person as being prickly?  Of course, we know that the right thing to do in those circumstances is...

Jacob RoeckerWords, Erinaceous
CYCOPEDE:  Erinaceous

Questioning Value

The obvious thing to do isn’t always the right thing and the right thing to do isn’t always obvious. As we get working and busy our minds are often so focused on the task we’re doing that we forget how what we’re doing connects to adding value. For...

Questioning Value

Moving Beyond APA Style

My graduate program recently switched us from having in-hand books to having online sources. I miss printed books and taking notes in the margins, but I’m glad that the information we’re using is readily accessible from all of my devices.

So I'm trying to work ahead on week one and see the usual note that

Moving Beyond APA Style

Stoplight Estimates

Traditional projects thrive on estimates and humans are terrible at estimating. No really, we’re bad at this. Bad enough that college papers have been written correlating our failures with evolution. Bad enough that we’ve developed several competing terms to describe different perspectives on this same phenomena. Hofstader’s Law, Parkinson’s Law, and the Planning Fallacy all deal with the idea that you basically have no idea how long it will take you to finish what you’re doing. This is somewhat better than people who generally have no idea what they’re doing. At least your only problem is with time.

Poor estimations are more costly at the

Stoplight Estimates

Management Reserves & Estimated Monetary Value

In project management, a Management Reserve is “an amount of the project budget withheld for management control purposes. These are budgets reserved for unforeseen work that is within the scope of the project. The management reserve is not included in the performance measurement baseline” (PMBOK).

There are three different types of management reserves identified in

Management Reserves & Estimated Monetary Value

An Open Letter to Tony & The Time Team

 When people make a difference in my life I try to take the time to tell them thank you.  Now it’s your turn.  Thank you for nerding out for twenty years in producing Time Team.  Had the program not been posted on youtube, I never would have known it existed.  As an American and as a Soldier

An Open Letter to Tony & The Time Team

Book of Mormon Lexicon

I’ve become a bit eccentric about certain things I’ve studied over the years.  A friend of mine at work and I are putting together a list of things people shouldn’t ask me if they want short answers to questions.  We’ve titled the list “Don’t ask the following if you want a short answer.”  The list includes

Book of Mormon Lexicon