Month: August 2023

  • On the Importance of Insisting upon Answering the Right Question

    On the Importance of Insisting upon Answering the Right Question

    Here’s a quiz for you. It’s the intro to a true story with a happy ending: Executives report a problem with Payroll processing. It’s so slow that they’re not able to pay people on Fridays like they’re supposed to. Employees are retaliating by vandalizing company property over the weekends. This has been going on for…

  • How Slow Programs Are Like Christmas, and the Three Assets You Should Expect to Get from a Training Course

    How Slow Programs Are Like Christmas, and the Three Assets You Should Expect to Get from a Training Course

    My company, Method R Corporation, makes systems faster. And we make people who make systems faster, faster. We train people to become performance optimization heroes. Here is my story about why, if you manage an Oracle system, you should be interested in our training. It’s a sales pitch. But it’s also a story about why anyone…

  • Catchphrase

    Catchphrase

    It finally happened. Several years ago, I asked my friend Mauro Pagano to help me spread a new catchphrase. I had made up this little saying. It was weird enough that I knew, if I heard it in the wild somewhere, then it had to have come from me. It would be a fun little experiment. The only…

  • A Side Trip to Wonderhell

    A Side Trip to Wonderhell

    I should be jubilant. But I’m not. I’m habitually non-jubilant. I don’t know why. This weekend, I returned from the kind of a trip that I don’t take very often: an all-by-myself vacation. This year, I attended the IPMS/USA National Convention 2023 in sunny San Marcos, Texas. IPMS is the International Plastic Modelers’ Society. The…