September 2011 Archives

I'll be heading to @Hack4Reno in a couple of weeks to help build civic apps. @Tropo is a sponsor. Looking forward to it. http://ow.ly/6Kbft
I’ll be heading to @Hack4Reno in a couple of weeks to help build civic apps....
September 30, 2011 - 31 words,

If your iPhone app nags me to rate it, interrupting what I'm trying to do, guess what my rating's going to be?
If your iPhone app nags me to rate it, interrupting what I’m trying to do,...
September 26, 2011 - 29 words,

Overheard: "they may do something stupid, but we're doing something idiotic in response."
Overheard: "they may do something stupid, but we’re doing something idiotic in response." Sep 26,...
September 26, 2011 - 20 words,

Calling my mobile phone before 7am to sell me something is a good way to ensure I blacklist your company.
Calling my mobile phone before 7am to sell me something is a good way to...
September 26, 2011 - 27 words,

Always a good reminder: Don't feed the trolls.
Always a good reminder: Don’t feed the trolls. Sep 24, 2011 6 :24 via Twitter...
September 24, 2011 - 15 words,

When someone is bragging about their child's genius, I like to point out that half of all children have below average intelligence.
When someone is bragging about their child’s genius, I like to point out that half...
September 24, 2011 - 29 words,

A new customer tells us a competitor "is dropping calls all over the place and it's a disaster." Common theme. Telecom at scale is hard.
A new customer tells us a competitor "is dropping calls all over the place and...
September 23, 2011 - 32 words,

Phone rings, "Hi, I'm interested in carpeting." Either a wrong number, or an obscene call from someone with a very odd fetish.
Phone rings, "Hi, I’m interested in carpeting." Either a wrong number, or an obscene call...
September 23, 2011 - 29 words,

Betascape in Baltimore sounds like a blast. Wishing for something like this on the west coast. http://ow.ly/6CWKT
Betascape in Baltimore sounds like a blast. Wishing for something like this on the west...
September 23, 2011 - 24 words,

Before I can create an account to pay my balance, I need to pay my balance. Brilliant.
Before I can create an account to pay my balance, I need to pay my...
September 22, 2011 - 24 words,

RT @HybridDBA: OH: "The real irony is that the sql joke about a humorless DBA had invalid SQL"
RT @HybridDBA: OH: "The real irony is that the sql joke about a humorless DBA...
September 21, 2011 - 25 words,

Your project sounds nice and all, but could we perhaps finish one of the 1000 other things we started before starting something new?
Your project sounds nice and all, but could we perhaps finish one of the 1000...
September 21, 2011 - 30 words,

Why do #sfgiants fans vilify Scott Cousins? Because they're happy to finally have a scapegoat that's not on their own team.
Why do #sfgiants fans vilify Scott Cousins? Because they’re happy to finally have a scapegoat...
September 20, 2011 - 28 words,

Dear pissed of cyclist: sorry I nearly ran you over. Clearly it was my fault that you ran a red light and rode into oncoming traffic.
Dear pissed of cyclist: sorry I nearly ran you over. Clearly it was my fault...
September 20, 2011 - 33 words,

How did my to do list end up longer at the end of the day than it was at the start?
How did my to do list end up longer at the end of the day...
September 19, 2011 - 28 words,

You would think that a dog would learn to stay away from skunks after being sprayed 3 times. At 4:30am I received evidence to the contrary.
You would think that a dog would learn to stay away from skunks after being...
September 18, 2011 - 33 words,

Can't wait to take the kids out to the range with this. http://t.co/2Ge7Yvmg
Can’t wait to take the kids out to the range with this. http://t.co/2Ge7Yvmg Sep 17,...
September 17, 2011 - 20 words,

Was asked which three things I'd want on a desert island. Easy: Satellite phone, GPS, and extra batteries.
Was asked which three things I’d want on a desert island. Easy: Satellite phone, GPS,...
September 17, 2011 - 25 words,

OH from @zscgeek "This knighting thing has jumped the shark http://t.co/tKqt8Ede"
OH from @zscgeek "This knighting thing has jumped the shark http://t.co/tKqt8Ede" Sep 14, 2011 7...
September 14, 2011 - 18 words,

I've never broken a bone in my life. Zack's already up to five and he's not 17 yet.
I’ve never broken a bone in my life. Zack’s already up to five and he’s...
September 14, 2011 - 25 words,

Yup, Zack broke his toe. No damage to the rest of the foot, so he'll be fine.
Yup, Zack broke his toe. No damage to the rest of the foot, so he’ll...
September 14, 2011 - 24 words,

If you might have a broken bone, you do not need a crayon, but the iPhone autocorrect thinks you do.
If you might have a broken bone, you do not need a crayon, but the...
September 14, 2011 - 27 words,

On the field with @tkalsey. http://t.co/mwskimJ
On the field with @tkalsey. http://t.co/mwskimJ Sep 10, 2011 6 :50 via Twitter...
September 10, 2011 - 13 words,

I'd heckle the wresters, but they might pretend to hit me. http://t.co/SMST571
I’d heckle the wresters, but they might pretend to hit me. http://t.co/SMST571 Sep 10, 2011...
September 10, 2011 - 19 words,

Father-son night at the SJ Earthquakes game with @tkalsey http://t.co/R8xpwZN
Father-son night at the SJ Earthquakes game with @tkalsey http://t.co/R8xpwZN Sep 10, 2011 6 :40...
September 10, 2011 - 17 words,

Idea for youth soccer teams: Shock collars with proximity sensors. Outfit a whole team and set for 10 yards.
Idea for youth soccer teams: Shock collars with proximity sensors. Outfit a whole team and...
September 10, 2011 - 26 words,

RT @joshdmorg: Here's to you Mr. Out of Shape Suburban Dad. You wear an Under Armour shirt to you kid's soccer game to at least look ath ...
RT @joshdmorg: Here’s to you Mr. Out of Shape Suburban Dad. You wear an Under...
September 10, 2011 - 35 words,

Ah, the nanny state. California requires incoming kindergartners to show proof they've been to the dentist.
Ah, the nanny state. California requires incoming kindergartners to show proof they’ve been to the...
September 9, 2011 - 23 words,

And now I have two kids who drive. @tkalsey just got his permit.
And now I have two kids who drive. @tkalsey just got his permit. Sep 6,...
September 6, 2011 - 20 words,

Passive aggressive notes on social networks that vaguely mention someone sucks. You know who you are.
Passive aggressive notes on social networks that vaguely mention someone sucks. You know who you...
September 6, 2011 - 23 words,

BART rider yelling at union rep about getting fired. Why? He didn't go to work because 7am start was too early. Is this what unions protect?
BART rider yelling at union rep about getting fired. Why? He didn’t go to work...
September 6, 2011 - 33 words,

Star Wars day at the Giants game. http://t.co/wbD2LNC
Star Wars day at the Giants game. http://t.co/wbD2LNC Sep 4, 2011 1 :08 via Twitter...
September 4, 2011 - 15 words,

Pre-game lunch at 21st Amendment. Shocked to find there was no wait at all.
Pre-game lunch at 21st Amendment. Shocked to find there was no wait at all. Sep...
September 4, 2011 - 21 words,

Drinking a great beer by a new to me brewer, search the name, discover they're local. Tanilla Porter by Knee Deep Brewery. Vanilla & Coffee
Drinking a great beer by a new to me brewer, search the name, discover they’re...
September 3, 2011 - 32 words,

Amazon recommendations remind me of a kid hustling products on the street. "Hey mister, you like duct tape, eh? Wanna buy more duct tape?"
Amazon recommendations remind me of a kid hustling products on the street. "Hey mister, you...
September 3, 2011 - 31 words,

I bought a cheap rubber door stop on Amazon a few months ago. Now Amazon thinks I really like door stops and keeps recommending I buy more.
I bought a cheap rubber door stop on Amazon a few months ago. Now Amazon...
September 3, 2011 - 34 words,

For all the talk about the iPhone & AT&T's poor network, the worst phone/network combo I've ever seen is mother-in-law's Verizon iPhone.
For all the talk about the iPhone & AT&T’s poor network, the worst phone/network combo...
September 3, 2011 - 29 words,

First day of the flu is always the worst. Can't concentrate on anything. Listless. Day's plans went right out the window. Is it bedtime yet?
First day of the flu is always the worst. Can’t concentrate on anything. Listless. Day’s...
September 2, 2011 - 32 words,

Time for a new bank. Wells Fargo slipped in a $10/mo fee for having a savings account. Only notification was a small note on previous stmnt.
Time for a new bank. Wells Fargo slipped in a $10/mo fee for having a...
September 1, 2011 - 33 words,

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A collection of all my writing on 1:1s
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Is the discussion that occurs in a 1:1 confidential, even if no agreed in the meeting to keep it so?
Skip-level 1:1s are your hidden superpower (Jan 1)
Holding 1:1s with peers and with people far below you on the reporting chain will open your eyes up to what’s really going on in your business.
Do you need a 1:1 if you’re regularly communicating with your team? (Dec 28)
You’re simply not having deep meaningful conversation about the process of work in hallway conversations or in your chat apps.
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At least 80% of a 1:1 agenda should be driven by your report, but if you also to use this time to work on things with them, then you’ll have better meetings.

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