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January 01, 2021

Cloud Native Patterns by Cornellia Davis is about defining the cloud native term as a set of application development priorities towards fault-tolerance, availability, and scalability. In it, the author explains several popular design patterns for designing cloud native applications.

December 11, 2020

Quantum Computing is an emerging technology designed to perform complex computations in a fraction of the time it takes a classical supercomputer. Underneath this promise lies a solid technological, engineering, and scientific value proposition that can disrupt existing markets and support the emergence of new socio-technical systems that were previously unimaginable.

November 01, 2020

System Design Interview was written by Alex Xu initially as a guide to the System Design Interview and later as more of a survey of the essential concepts and patterns that one might use in high level software architecture design.

October 23, 2020

A case and analysis of GE’s FastWorks initiative. Borrowing concepts from Silicon Valley titans like Eric Ries, FastWorks sought to redefine how GE identified, executed, and financed products. What happened?

September 13, 2020

Site Reliability Engineering explains how Google runs production systems at scale. It is a compilation of articles which balance theory and practice. It is a companion to generalized DevOps theory, showing what a digital native DevOps implementation looks like.

October 21, 2018

Agile practices include holding regular retrospectives, blameless port-mortems, and open town-halls. These forums have their benefits and their drawback.

June 30, 2018

There is a difference between empathy and compassion. If our goal is to understand then we empathize. If our goal is to care then we feel compassion.

April 18, 2018

The DevOps Handbook by Gene Kim, Jez Humble, Patrick Debois, & John Willis presents the goals, principles, culture, and high-priority technical practices of DevOps.

January 11, 2018

Eric Ries in The Startup Way - an enterprise focused successor to The Lean Startup - argues that innovation is a management discipline that can be developed in Large Established Organizations.

April 19, 2017

Problem solving is important, but the ultimate problem solver is a team with Momentum. If we consider what momentum is, then we might be able to develop it.

March 06, 2017

The product development backlog is a big, bloated, unwieldy, mix of ideas. These "like to haves" and low priority improvements are a cognitive pollution that needs to go.

December 10, 2016

This presentation applies systems thinking to explain the common anti-pattern that promotes an addiction to busy work. I draw a lot from the Build Trap and Stephan Bungay's Art of Action.

September 09, 2016

“Lead with Intent” is at the core of most modern leadership philosophies. However most managers are still confused on exactly how to do it…

June 30, 2016

[caption id=“attachment1770” align=“aligncenter” width=“487”](images/a4fig1.gif) Tuckman’s Stages of Team Development[/caption]

June 16, 2016

Words cannot express my gratitude to the amazing people I’ve worked with over the last 3 and a half years at Pixafy and Net@Work. Wish i had…

April 30, 2016

Fantasy appreciates the limitations of normal perception and re-imagines the human condition. It tests our belief in things that are…

September 12, 2015

Programming is a craft. At its simplest, it comes down to getting a computer to do what you want it to do (or what your user wants it to do…

August 18, 2015

The New York Times article titled “Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace” ignited a lot of debate over the weekend. One…

January 25, 2015

http://youtu.be/vyT-oGDnMqE Watched the movie “Begin Again”. Reminded that inspiration can come in so many forms, art, video and music top…

January 25, 2015

This post is part of a series called Managing the Professional Service Firm. Managers of professional service firms face many challenges…

January 05, 2015

This post is part of a series called Managing the Professional Service Firm. Managers of professional service firms face many challenges…

July 21, 2014

A3 Thinking is a great way to diagnose problems  and communicate an action plan in a concise and easy to communicate format that is (among…

June 29, 2014

https://play.spotify.com/album/2chEldiRKaCzLqk4rpUj6V

April 09, 2014

Expectation, that is the true soul of art. If you can give a man more than he expects then he will laud you his entire life. If can create…

December 31, 2013

Google Gif… I loved this one Happy New Years

November 13, 2013

Post-Impression Hudson, a new “Look”, just launched today on We See Beauty. This is a site we’re very proud of and it has a lot to do with…

October 16, 2013

According to Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers: The Story of Success, it takes someone 10,000 hours of practice to perfect a skill, so the…

October 16, 2013

So this is my version of a hump day Mild crisis in the morning — handled. Back on track 2) Update a product team on new wireframes for an…

October 09, 2013

Lock your doors! Move forward. Each door we close, another opens. Return for what was left, or forget it. Move forward, and gain what was…

October 09, 2013

Working on tightening up my user stories, i came across this pretty decent video by Rally. It weaves in their a bit much APP but still a…

May 04, 2013

[gallery type=“square” size=“full” ids=“1075,1076,1077”] These are some Jawa logos I had fun creating.

December 26, 2012

Completed this client project including this custom Shopify website today, some graphic design, and general ecommerce consulting. Very happy…

December 26, 2012

A new logo concept design I’m working on for a client. Comments welcome!

November 13, 2012

So in response to valuable criticism and some analytics data we decided to make some changes to the Pixelated Solutions website design. The…

October 30, 2012

With the roads and subways flooded you may be thinking you could do for a swim. Then again… Stay safe and keep upbeat everyone. Image from…

October 23, 2012

The Challenge Starting from Monday October 29th I’m taking on an SEO challenge: I will work hard for 45 days to gain serious SEO cred for my…

October 23, 2012

Great video about visualizing a business model, an important step i’m going through at the moment. It makes talking about it easier and…

August 13, 2012

I’m working on an email campaign for a new Initiative called Trillion Watt Project. Cool idea, great group of people, hope it will be…

July 24, 2012

These days it seems like every day I meet someone starting a business with a revolutionary new business model to reshape the product…

July 24, 2012

Great tut on how to create responsive websites. I have been doing some research on this since a lot of the Javascript gits a la 2009 don’t…

June 19, 2012

I signed up today for Techyizu’s Lean Startup Machine Shanghai at the 12pm noon mark. From what I’ve heard, it seems like there has been so…

May 31, 2012

I know that everyone in China has experienced this often. You go to google, type in your search term, and get your results (sometimes…

May 14, 2012

Wihlborgdesign.com is a simple elegent identity site for the very lovely Wihlborg Design folks of Marin county, California. I just started…

May 12, 2012

Doing some research for a potential project I stumbled onto the Earth Hour 2012 site. Nice UK initiative. Check it out

May 10, 2012

I’ve used Evernote. Its a decent product/service and learning about how close it was to closing makes me really understand and respect the…

May 08, 2012

Those who know me know I love Google. I’m the guy that uses google chrome. Wears google tshirts. And sets his browser search to google even…

May 03, 2012

I’m often asked why I started a business instead of attempting to earn an MBA. I often point them to this infographic which I find helpful…

May 03, 2012

Awesome Chinese creatives Zhu Meng and Xu Biying from Zhongshan University based out of Guangzhou.

April 25, 2012

Just returned from a great night of Pecha Kucha sponsored by Dutch Design week in Shanghai. First i have to say it was an awesome crowd. I…

April 19, 2012

Working out is a battle of consistency. For those of you who know me, you know I like games. So there’s nothing that’ll make me more…

April 18, 2012

I’m looking forward to reading “Imagine” by Johna Lehrer. I know, ‘another book about creativity?’… yes its sickening how many creative…

March 31, 2012

I think I can safely say I’m going to like this.

March 21, 2012

Okay so SXSW Interactive is over, it was by all accounts awesome… AND I MISSED IT. Darn. It hosts the cutting edge startups and conferences…

March 20, 2012

http://youtu.be/fZK75pXLlbY Women stand up against Rush in a quirky video. They turn these earmuff comments on their ear. I love the point…

March 20, 2012

This project is a work in progress. Looking forward to getting it up for everyone to see

March 14, 2012

This book hits my think button in so many ways. I can’t wait for the next book to come out.

March 12, 2012

I’m not a huge fan of the design concept myself but I caught myself chuckling at the photo of the dog… I dunno, I’m just bored. Anyway…

February 18, 2012

Groopti Gorilla Marketing cards were designed to be dropped in Coffee shops and other meeting places nearby design schools and design events…

February 10, 2012

Starting over isn’t easy, but sometimes its the best thing. My Role:  Designer, Developer, Blogger Now, the new blog is up. Its an adapted…

February 09, 2012

Created this video introduction of the concept behind Groopti together with the help of my Groopti team and our good friends at Kino Corp…

January 25, 2012

We developed a good number of new furniture designs at Groopti crowd-sourced from independent designers in more than 12 countries across the…

January 01, 2012

DeliciouslyDone is the personal blog of the very trendy and lovely Holly Kim (aka LittleMissShanghai). Role: Website and Logo Design…

September 18, 2011

This booklet was designed as a welcome to Groopti. Not quite a manifesto and not quite a branding book, it is in between conveying the…

June 18, 2011

Fabric Swatches designed to send as samples to potential customers. [gallery link=“file” columns=“3”]

May 11, 2011

The Groopti website was a super pro effort that came together with a big team effort from branding, UX design and testing, to community…

May 01, 2011

Role: Brand Interpreter, Lead Project Manager The Groopti Brand came together as a big team effort from Eitan Chitayat (Groopti Partner and…

April 18, 2011

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January 18, 2011

Flash based identity site for my product development startup, DAORAD LLC.[gallery link=“file” order=“DESC” orderby=“rand”]


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