The Whole Team Owns The Whole Product

This is a story about a software team. I feel like it applies to many teams, since I have adapted the principle to other startup concepts, beyond software startups to include church planting and the coffee industry. Nonetheless, it began for me with software teamwork. It has, over time and application to much broader domains,…

Launching the Foundry by Alchemy

We never could get quite enough coffee in our lives, so my wife and I launched the Foundry Coffee Roasting Co from our initial foray into the coffee world with Alchemy Coffee. What a rush! Candace is super creative and we have some super creative folks that work with us, so this video is thanks…

Social Distancing is No Heaven

I was never much one to believe in the angel focused movies and stories, you know “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Touched By An Angel,” that paint heaven as a formless place where we are headed forever while earth is a separate and dirty corporeal realm that these angelic beings come to visit. Of course,…

A Holistic Approach to Open Systems Architecture for Army Aviation

Preamble: I had the privilege to present in Philadelphia for the 75th anniversary of the Vertical Flight Society (VFS). Unfortunately, I cannot share this paper on my site because it is part of the proceedings of the VFS, however, below is the link to the technical paper itself on the Forum75 website. Note that I…

MIT Entrepreneur Bootcamp!

I just started an MIT Entrepreneur Bootcamp! It’s been great so far and I like being in the distributed collaborative environment.  It’s funny, really, I have been involved with several startups, was in an incubator for a while (more about that later, perhaps), and even helped establish an Innovation Challenge project for the Army Virtual…

Asymmetrical Life – an open letter to you, Mirror.

Oh Mirror, You have reflected back to me a part of my life that had suffered from deep and systemic atrophy.  I think that most of us live in a constant state of low-grade turmoil.  OK, for some that is not so low-grade, but it certainly ebbs and flows regardless of what the center-line is. …

Leveraging Open Architecture in Future Vertical Lift

I recently had the opportunity to co-author a paper on Open Architecture initiatives. One comment that my co-author, Matt, and I have discussed at length includes our closing line from the executive summary: Lessons are not truly learned until they are acted upon.  I hope to write more about that in the abstract sense at…

Executable Standards Keynote Presentation

For much of my career, I have worked on things I can’t really talk about. Recently, however, I have been involved with the development of the Future Airborne Capabilities Environment (FACE), an open standard in the avionics industry specifically adopted and supported by the Army program I support, Future Vertical Lift. One aspect of this…

Death by Chocolate

Some dogs are allergic to chocolate. Not our ‘Beagle Bailey’! We first discovered this at Christmas several years ago when the gift for my wife, a pound of imported Belgian chocolate, was consumed during an evening out. Entering the front door, we were greeted by a year old beagle racing laps around the living room,…

That Trip to Estes Park…

One of these days, I am going to write about the trip to Estes Park, Colorado. This is a placeholder for me to write about that time I went snow shoe hiking after 6 foot of fresh snow fell… and we got lost in the mountains… but for now, just the full image for the start…

Princeton Theological Seminary Intro / Bio

I recently completed the Certificate of Theology and Ministry program from Princeton Theological Seminary. Several people of asked me why I chose Princeton and I’d like to share a few of those reasons here (under this category in my blog). First, however, I would like to share a little about me, derived from the introductory…

The Nature of Creativity

We create because we are creative.  Sounds silly to even put that into words.  Yet it is a distinctively human quality that we are not content to simply survive and reproduce, we want to change the world in some way, some unique way that leaves a mark echoing our unique individual presence.  Some of us…