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Ian Percy

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I'm always looking for gifted programmers and systems engineers for a software venture and have actually been advised against hiring people with advanced degrees, especially PhDs.! That's one of those unfair judgements with just an element of truth.

Personally, I have a genetic aversion to anything even resembling a spread...

As noted in the article $1 or $2 a month won't slow new subscribers. Frankly, as I'm sure many will comment, it's a nice change from seeing "the new people" get a better subscription price than legacy members as usually happens. In this case it makes 48 million of...

I know this isn't PC...but is America becoming an increasingly sad, fearful and angry place? Now you can't even enjoy Cheerios without it being a litigious experience; so much for the "cheer" part. "Cheerios" for goodness sakes! In education, politics, public safety, environment, industry, etc. etc. we seem to...

What I'd like to know is how come among a wide network of friends we could all constantly rave about a certain food item at Costco...only to find that they "don't carry it" any more? Who made that decision and why? Was that a customer centric decision? Did the...

It's hard enough to reinvent before the curve and almost impossible to do so after the curve. Maybe it's the Canadian in me or I need to get out more, but I've never heard of Loehmanns. What did I miss?

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The value of periodic and randomly scheduled "reward" was something we learned training white rats in Experimental Psychology 101. And we know pleasant surprises works for humans too.

Most will think the surprise reward should stay in-house - a coffee shop gives a free coffee, a clothier gives a coupon...

Nikki is a truly insightful thinker...and her point about marketing and the customer experience sure resonates with me. My response is not at all opposed to her point - it just comes at it from another perspective.

I'm heavily involved in a disruptive software venture where so much of our...

And let's ask the chickens what they could do to make the fox happy.

The first suggestion leading to "happiness" was about "pressing people issues" totally from the employer's perspective. Then as an afterthought: "Ask employees as well." How thoughtful. Ask employees how they could serve the company better.

There really are only two problems as I see it:

1. Mindset - the hardest of all things to change.
2. Software quality - the poorest quality man-made product since the beginning of time.

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"Metrics" can kill pretty well anything of true value in our lives. We are desperate to put everything in a definable, controllable box. Let's start with this question: What's a "level?" We'd better know if we want to count them. Of course we need count them only until we...

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