On mediocrity

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Apparently, mediocrity is a virus. It is even worse than that though, in today’s society it appears to be the accepted truth. We start everything with perfection in mind but somewhere in our journey we settle for good enough. In business, mediocrity can be a killer. It may not happen immediately but it happens eventually. So how then can one move … Read More

3 reasons your software project fails

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Between 30% and 70% of software projects fail. That’s a massive spread but even on the lower end it’s still an incredibly high failure rate. What’s even more disturbing is while software tools, platforms and resources have improved and become more available projects still seem to fail at an alarmingly high rate. You may think that your project eventually got completed, … Read More

Recent Presentations

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I was recently asked to give a number of presentations in Trinidad to entrepreneurs and students on starting up a business, investment and modern web application development. Unfortunately, these presentations weren’t recorded but I’ve decided to make the slides available (links below). My first presentation was done over Skype on behalf of the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) … Read More

Customer Retention and why I’ll never rent from Budget Cars again

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Customers are the most important thing in business. Without them, in their various forms, there is no point in having a business. Most people seem to focus exclusively on customer acquisition and tend to forget that customer satisfaction and retention are just as important to the growth and well being of the business. I’ve got two examples for you, first … Read More

Good Reviews, Bad Reviews

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I’m still amazed by businesses that don’t want to show negative reviews about their products or service. Here’s my advice to you: Good Reviews are good for your ego. Bad Reviews are good for your business. And that’s all I have to say about that!

Choosing the right technology platform

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So there are a thousand ways to build that killer app but how do you choose which technology to use? I don’t believe there is a one size fits all technology platform. You are somewhat limited within the mobile space because, strictly speaking, you have to construct your applications using the tool kits provided by the mobile device manufacturers (although … Read More

What is your job?

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Today I did something reckless; I emphatically agreed with one point of view without first hearing the opposing argument and that was wrong. The first article, your job is not to code, written by Andrés Osinski, asserts that the role of a programmer should be more than just a code monkey but a requirements gatherer and communicator. The opposing view point (the … Read More