Fixing a Sore Thumb

Oct 09, 2018 by Barc Category: Consulting, Management 0 comments Tags: interviewing

Interview Tip #598: It’s not a great idea to tell your interviewer all that’s bad about their company’s mobile app, web site, customer experience, or customer service (though you think it’ll make you look smart and on it). Nine times out of ten, your interviewer will be well aware of the problem and more embarrassed […]

Consultants Bore Quickly

It’s not that hard to figure out when you are working with a consultant who already has a preconceived model he or she thinks will solve your problems. Today in the software delivery world, it’s bound to involve agile, kanban, or design thinking. Not that any well researched and tested methodology or framework is bad, […]

Like Gnats Against a Screen Door

Among other businesses, I own a retail store in Los Angeles. Though I’m thrilled to have lines of customers at our checkout counter ever day, it amazes me when our front desk people, who are supposed to greet people and help them purchase our services and products, continue to have personal conversations with each other […]

My Desert Island Consulting Tools

Sep 24, 2018 by Barc Category: Business, Consulting, Leadership 0 comments Tags: consulting, tools

If I was stranded on a desert Island with a client, and my client was open to passing the time with a little problem solving, I’m pretty sure we could make a lot of progress with only three tools. And, though I’m a technology consultant, the three tools I’d pick aren’t really technical. A whiteboard […]

Conference Catatonia

Aug 12, 2018 by Barc Category: Business 0 comments Tags: agile, conferences

We don't actually go to conferences to confer.

The OV (Original Visionary)

Aug 04, 2018 by Barc Category: Uncategorized 0 comments

We, the Sherpas have to hump or take off on our own trek.

The End of a Manager

Mar 05, 2018 by Barc Category: Management 0 comments

In early 1999, my wife Beckie, our newborn son Hank, and I lived in a pre-fab log cabin in the shadow of Mount Tamalpias in San Rafael, California. On Tuesday nights Beckie and I took massage classes at Mill Valley High School and on weekends hiked up the Dipsea Trail with Hank in a baby […]

The Disembodied Bird

Oct 12, 2017 by Barc Category: Uncategorized 0 comments

We were only half-way through our second song when a middle finger jutted into the spotlight in front of my brother Bob, our lead singer. The disembodied bird was raised high, waving back and forth like an angry fuel gauge. If you’ve never played in a band, from the stage, you might be surprised to […]

Inside the Bubble

Dec 12, 2016 by Barc Category: Agile, Agile Executive, Business 0 comments

We’re all pretty much living in ‘The Bubble.’ Like the recent SNL skit called it, we’ve designed “a planned community of like-minded free thinkers, and no one else” for ourselves. We hang out with friends who agree with us (the definition of a friend), block cranky commenters (and bad grammarians), and unfollow (but stay friends) […]

We Built This Annuity. Now Admit It.

Sep 21, 2016 by Barc Category: Leadership, Management 0 comments Tags: teams

Nobody wants to imagine the fruits of their labor dying on the vine or being savaged by the connoisseurs, even if financially successful.