Strong Circle Day

June 23rd was City Year's Strong Circle Day. It's a day when former and current corps members share stories about fellow corps members that were part of their strong circle. I missed the main event, but want to share some of what I learned from people in my strong circle…

Meditation

I have been meditating off and on for the last 12 years. It began as an assignment for a comparative religions course (don't remember the course title exactly, but it was something like that). However, I found the mindfulness practice helpful and return to it regularly. It helps me control…

Baby Micah

Over the weekend, our second child, Micah, was born. He has his own webpage if you want to follow along with his adventures.…

Try a New Startup and Help Nepal

One of my fellow Founder Institute graduates is using her startup to help raise funds for victims of the recent earthquake in Nepal. Here is her call to action: You are all aware of Nepal earthquake and the damage it caused. They need your help. If you have any unused…

FI's Startup Ecosystem Canvas

The Founder Institute released a Startup Ecosystem Canvas recently. As someone that moved from a mature startup ecosystem (Los Angeles) to a younger startup ecosystem (Bismarck, ND), it is an interesting read. I commend the good folks at organizations like Bismarck's IDEA Center and 1M Cups for fostering this ecosystem.…

Windows 10 on VirtualBox

A number of years ago, I attempted to run Windows on a VM within Linux. It didn't go well. I tried again with the Windows 10 Technical Preview and it works fine in VirtualBox on Arch Linux. It seems to run better than booting directly into the operating system. Sorry…

Project Management as a Profession

As I dig deeper into my dissertation research, I have been wondering whether the soft skills emerging as key to project success could help project management become a profession. Despite what PMI may tell us, I agree with Paul Giammalvo that project management is not a profession. As Paul states,…

Changes, Moving, Etc.

After seven years in Southern California, it is time for a change. In an effort to move to the exact opposite climate of Los Angeles, both in terms of weather and culture, we moved to North Dakota over the summer. I'm still working in project management (now for state IT…