Archive for May, 2009

Traversing the Bermuda Triangle

Good, fast and cheap. Any project that aims to satisfy all three is as doomed as an aluminum canoe in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle. Perhaps you’ve been involved in such a project. It can be frustrating, stressful, uncomfortable and downright painful.

So if you are ever dealing with a client that is asking you to do all three, point them to this graphic and ask them to choose which two aspects are most important to them. Then, point out what they get when they choose those two. Read the rest of this entry →

Out of Town

Working remotely full time has its distinct advantages. But it also has disadvantages. The primary one being traveling. Thankfully, I’m not on any type of strict, routine travel schedule. I normally spend a week working at the office in Virginia every 6-8 weeks or so. Last year I spent a total of 41 days away from home for business travel. That works out to spending about 10% of my the year out of town, which isn’t too bad compared how often a lot of other people have to travel.

In 2009, my hope is that number stays the same or, even better, goes down. However, it doesn’t look like that will be the case. I’m already on pace to surpass 10%. So far this year, I’ve spent 22 out of 141 days out of town to date. That works out to be about 15%.

Hopefully that number will trend downward as the year goes on. That’s a lot of time away from my favorite people. :)

WebVisions in Portland

I made the trip to Portland, Oregon today to attend the WebVisions conference that starts tomorrow. This is the first time I’ve been to Portland and so far it seems like a nice enough place. The conference is a bit unique in that its a combination of workshops and speaker sessions.
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