Cloud Security Frame

I posted a draft of our Cloud Security Frame at Shaping Software.  This frame is especially important because we’re using it to help us map out the Cloud security space for our patterns & practices Cloud Security Guidance project.  It’s helps us scope our project.  The frame is basically a set of Hot Spots.  We…


What’s Your Favorite Thinking Technique?

Have you thought about your default thinking patterns?   I wrote a post on 3 Thinking Techniques to Improve Your Intellectual Horsepower at Sources of Insight.    I use these 3 techniques fairly regularly.  If you think about thinking as simply asking and answering questions, then improving your questions, can improve your answers.  That’s the power of…

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Cloud Security Survey Results

As a follow up to our earlier patterns & practices Cloud Security Survey, here is a quick summary of the results.  Note that the the bulk of our respondents said they spend most of their time in architect roles.  The next biggest buckets were developers and testers. Key Take Aways Here are some highlights from…


Communication Isn’t the Only Source of Conflict

I wrote a post on how Poor Communication isn’t the Source of Most Conflicts at Sources of Insight.  The gist is this: rather than blame communication as the source of conflict, explore other sources as well.  For example, conflict can also stem from how your group is organized, to personality conflicts, or conflicts in values. …


patterns & practices Assets Survey

If you take our patterns & practices satisfaction survey, you can let us know which patterns & practices assets you use and how satisfied you are with the assets, as well as how satisfied you are with overall patterns & practices results.  To browse patterns & practices, here are some key links: patterns & practices…

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A Language for Your Strengths

I wrote a post on A Language for Strengths on Sources of Insight.  It’s my attempt to consolidate and share the best information I’ve found for learning and talking about strengths and talents.  I’m a big believer in focusing on your strengths.  I know that when I spend more time in my strengths, I have…


Cloud Security Survey

I’m inviting you to take our survey at http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/?p=WEB229GHH4CD36 for our Microsoft patterns & practices Cloud Security guidance project.  It’s brief (11 questions on one page), and it gives you a chance to influence our priorities and focus for building prescriptive guidance. We’re in the early stages of planning and exploration.  During exploration, we do…


Top 10 Lessons in Happiness

I have a guest post from bestselling author, Gretchen Rubin on The Top 10 Lessons Learned in Happiness on Sources of Insight.  Gretchen is a former lawyer from Yale, turned writer.  What’s interesting to me about Gretchen is that she studied happiness by making it a project.  During The Happiness Project, Gretchen spent a year…

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How To Be a Successful Individual Contributor at Microsoft

I wrote up my top 10 lessons learned in how to be a successful individual contributor at Microsoft on Sources of Insight.  Really, these lessons apply just about anywhere, and they especially apply in our new skills-for-hire economy.  Here is a quick summary of my lessons: Lesson 1. Focus on strengths, limit liabilities. Lesson 2….


Discover the How to Your Why

I have a guest post by Janine de Nysschen on how to Discover the How to Your Why at Sources of Insight.  This is a follow up to Janine’s previous guest post, Discover Your Why.  It’s basically about putting your purpose into action.  When you lead with your why and your how, you can bring…