Tag Archives: change

The Foster System and Adoption

Diversity Children Childhood Friendship Cheerful Concept

I was recently reading a report on Child Welfare and Adoption put together by the US Department of Health and Human Services and presented to Congress┬╣. The most recent report covered data up through 2011. ┬áI was researching this topic because of comments I have heard others make related to such statistics and I wanted […]

Will Atlassian Be Recognizable in 2016?

A fork in the road infers a decision point in ones life.

As the largest purveyor of JIRA classes outside of Atlassian, we are as keen as anyone on their plans for the future after the round of press releases and articles related to JIRA, Atlassian’s value, and a possible IPO. The news and reporting around Atlassian of late has been pretty intense, confusing, and possibly alarming. […]

The Joys of USB-C

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A couple of weeks ago I received my freshly minted OnePlus 2 phone. I won an invite because of the efforts of our internship program. They are building software for an exhibit to open June 2016 at the St. Louis Science Center. You can see a video about this project here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fai3SzTIYn4). The OP2 sports […]

It Takes a Village

Community Diversity Group Cheerful Happiness Team Concept

Many of you that know us are aware that we often have teenagers living in our home, and many more that regularly drop by the house. We have found the investment is substantial, but the rewards are really special. We view all of these as our kids even though many of them have families of […]

The Issue of Race

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If I have learned anything the last few years, it is that the political parties are incapable of fixing our political problems. This has been demonstrated clearly during the crisis of race relations in 2014 and continuing into this year. We have one party that claims to want to address the problem while instigating further […]

Iterative Thinking is a Lifestyle

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A student in a recent JIRA Boot Camp commented on how I described agile processes differently than a consultant her company had brought in. She noted that what I described seemed to make more sense. This got me thinking about those differences, why our approaches were different, and why it should matter. I read a […]