Over the weekend, I attended the Nodevember developer conference in Nashville, TN. I was fortunate enough to speak and showed a demo of how we can break the shackles of our big, bloated IDEs in software development. Now, that’s not to say there’s no value in IDEs… but I don’t need to explain my complete […]
I’ve been called “subtle as a freight train at 3am” more than once in my life and career. The truth is, the “Derick Bailey” that you see and read on the internet isn’t the complete me. It’s not that I’m being fake or presenting something that isn’t true. It’s that after countless years of […]
My dad was recently involved in a very large project, working as the project manager. It was a construction project with a handful of contracting companies that he had worked with in the past. One of the crews, though, decided they wanted to get lazy on the job and did about an hour worth of […]
I’m Trying To Lose Weight And it’s one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. But I have Josh and John, my Entreprogrammers group, to keep me accountable – and I absolutely need that, or I would completely give up. But a couple of days ago, after going to the donut shop with my […]
FOCUS It’s a skill that requires continuous practice, or you’ll forget how. In spite of all my planning, my weekly focus on a given project, and everything that I am doing to try and remain focused, I am still finding it difficult. I am constantly being distracted – not just with “social” media, but with […]
3 Days Without Email all because no one knew what that strange box under the table did. Years ago, I worked for a manufacturing company in the IT department. We were moving to a new building, upgrading out network infrastructure and internet connectivity, and generally making things easier for the entire company. During the move, […]
“Plans are worthless, but planning is everything” It’s a quote attributed to Dwight D. Eisenhower – and it’s one that keeps coming up in my life. Even today, as I sat at my desk working through the day’s plan of activities, I received a message from my wife saying our son fell down at school […]
It can be difficult to prioritize – especially when everything is highest priority and most important. But the truth is, when everything is the highest priority or the most important thing you have to do, then nothing is. That doesn’t mean you don’t have important things to do. It only means that your time and priorities are not being managed correctly.
It was 2008 – a bad year for a lot of companies. The company for which I worked was no exception and we were hit with a budget freeze. No one was allowed to buy anything. A few months in to the budget freeze, though, I got the CIO and CEO to sign off on my purchase order of $75,000 for a virtualization environment.
2 Hours. That’s how long it took me to fix the problem I caused, after crashing the production web servers for a $100M+ multi-national corporation. And this wasn’t just a marketing site, mind you. This was *the* web presence, online catalog, parts information and primary means of contact for distributors and representatives for several of the largest and most well known brands in that company’s industry. And I crashed every last website the company had, for every brand, for 2 hours.