Category: Quotes

Treating work like a race

Chad Fowler, in his book, My Job Went to India, made the following remarks about working effectively: If you treat your projects like a race, you’ll get to the end a lot faster than if you treat them like a prison cell. A sense of urgency, even if manufactured, is enough to easily double or […]

Technology and greatness

I like this quote: No technology, no matter how amazing… can by itself ignite a shift from good to great…. No technology can turn the wrong people into the right people. No technology can instill the discipline to confront brutal facts of reality, nor can it instill unwavering faith. No technology can supplant the need […]

Hazards of Best Practices

“Best practices are a hazard because they ask us to substitute slogans for thinking.” — Pete McBreen, p. 125 Software Craftmanship. Sometimes best practices are used to shift blame by using the bandwagon fallacy: “Everyone else is doing it — it’s a best practice, so don’t blame me”. Sure, there’s strength in numbers, but not […]

Quotes: Problems, solutions, and change

The solution to any problem is found in the proper definition of the problem — Doug Hale Everything in software changes. The requirements change. The design changes. The business changes. The technology changes. The team changes. The team members change. The problem isn’t change, because change is going to happen; the problem, rather, is our […]

Security quotes

“Security systems are never value-neutral; they move power in varying degrees to one set of players from another.” — Bruce Schneier, Beyond Fear p. 35 “People exaggerate spectacular but rare risks and downplay common risks”. — Bruce Schneier, Beyond Fear p. 26 “Technology is generally an enabler, allowing people to do things. Security is the […]

The purpose of security…

A coworker made these assertions about security. I think they’re worth repeating: The purpose of security is to establish accountability of an individual. The purpose of auditing is to verify the trust that has been placed in an individual.

Principles of Reputation

One of my past professors, Phil Windley, posted some principles of reputation: Reputation is one of the factors upon which trust is based Reputation is someone else’s story about me – this means that I can’t control what you say about me although I may be able to affect the factors you based your story […]

Change the world…

“The effect of our words and acts is tremendous in this world. Every moment of life you are changing to a degree the lives of the whole world…. No good deed, no kind word can be spoken without its effect being felt for good upon all.” — David O. McKay