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Over the course of a typical workday, negative and positive things inevitably happen — and many people focus mainly, or exclusively, on the negative ones. But research has found that even small positive experiences are a valuable resource for reducing stress. When people spend time thinking about what went well... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at DueProps
One by one, the largest companies in the world are doing their employees and managers an enormous favor: Getting rid of the annual performance review. As one of the pioneers of recognition-based performance metrics systems, DueProps cheers on Accenture and Cisco for making the move. Accenture CEO Pierre Nanterme said... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2015 at DueProps
Redis is one of the most popular NoSQL databases, and for good reason. Even though you wouldn't want to use it as your primary datastore, Redis is a high-performance complement for caching frequently used data and running certain types of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Obie Fernandez
Reposting from my Medium blog Africa Calling Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Obie Fernandez
A reminder that I come back to time and again. Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at Obie Fernandez
The video features my partners at Javelin, Grace and Trevor, presenting QuickMVP to the NY Tech Meetup, one of the most prestigious in the world. I don't think our idea particular complicated or anything, but I'm proud of our execution... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Obie Fernandez
I am doing an online (live) panel discussion with special guests a little less than an hour from now. https://www.airpair.com/airconf2014/keynote/future-of-consulting Here is a brief list of topics that we hope to cover: - state of software consulting today. static? growing?... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Obie Fernandez
Over the course of the last few years, the tech publishing market has changed. Authors are in a much better position than ever before. If you are serious about success as a technical author, here are your up-to-date instructions. As... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at Obie Fernandez
Glad to announce that my latest book, The Lean Enterprise, is now widely available in print and Kindle editions on Amazon. Getting lots of great reviews already! Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Obie Fernandez
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Last summer (2013) I was honored with an invitation to serve as a mentor for the inaugural group of entrepreneurs welcomed into the TechPeaks accelerator program. It opened my eyes to what's possible when a progressive local government achieves effective... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at Obie Fernandez
I recently interviewed Robert Williams, founder of Workshop. Over the course of the last year Robert went from full-time employment, to successful freelancing, to launching a successful online business helping other freelancers to succeed using his methods. What is your... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at Obie Fernandez
TIL that given an Enumerable object and a block, the list_of method will iterate and yield the results of the block into sequential <li> elements. Haml %ul = list_of [1, 2, 3] do |item| Number #{item} HTML <ul> <li>Number 1</li>... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2013 at Obie Fernandez
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Large companies often try to tackle disruptive innovation within their existing corporate structures. But when they do, it rarely works. The limitations on what can be accomplished cascade from the executive imagination (or lack thereof) down to the rank and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2013 at Obie Fernandez
Throughout the time I was running Hashrocket, we constantly entertained innovative ideas that might allow us to evolve into a product shop, ala 37signals. Actually, we didn't just entertain those ideas, I also tried to set them in motion by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2013 at Obie Fernandez
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I'm happy to announce that my esteemed business partner and I are writing a mass-market book about how enterprises can adopt Lean Startup techniques to think like and compete with Silicon Valley. We're drawing from our experience and the wisdom... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at Obie Fernandez
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This template is based on an agreement that I have been using successfully for the past couple of years. You'll want to put it in place with companies that you refer business to on a regular basis. The great thing about it is that both sides benefit from the arrangement, and done properly you can keep a steady stream of passive income. Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2013 at Obie Fernandez
I'm going to hire two full time, experienced web people in September as the first members of my product delivery team at Lean Startup Machine. We'll mostly be working on Javelin, our killer app for product managers that's currently entering... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2013 at Obie Fernandez
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Today I unveiled the latest (and eventually best) version of The Rails Way at RailsConf 2013. Thanks to the cooperation of my publisher, this beta release is being distributed via the most excellent leanpub.com service. My co-authors are Kevin Faustino,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2013 at Obie Fernandez
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My next consulting masterclass with Brennan Dunn will happen the weekend March 16-17th. Over the course of two 5 hour sessions, we cover the nitty gritty of turning your freelancing or small contracting operation into a world-class operation. The core... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2013 at Obie Fernandez
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This chart shows recent sales on msabundle.com where I sell contract document templates for freelancers and consultants. Nice, eh? I started the project a little less than 2 years ago and have experienced very slow but steady growth in revenue... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2013 at Obie Fernandez
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Ch-ch-changes! I've joined Lean Startup Machine as their CTO and will be working remotely from Atlanta, with occasional trips to NYC. I've been advising LSM for a couple of years already, since becoming friends with their CEO, Trevor Owens, one... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2013 at Obie Fernandez
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My friend Brennan Dunn and I have taken everything we know about bootstrapping successful consulting companies out of freelance work and packaged it into an actionable two-day online workshop. In addition to the course material, you will be privy to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2012 at Obie Fernandez
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Photo credit: Pulpolux I want a kill switch for all the electronic communications in the house. I'd like it to be a physical device, with a big red button, in my master bedroom. Kind of like how some people have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2012 at Obie Fernandez
Here are my notes from Don Keller's (@dkellerjr) talk Top 10 Mistakes Companies Make During Acquisitions, presented today at RocketSpace in San Francisco. 1. Founder Equity Have your founders issued stock from day one so that all the appreciation towards... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2012 at Obie Fernandez