Weekly Journal

Weekly Journal: Week 11, 2019

Well hello there… just checking in on last week? It started with continuing the team performance reviews. This quarter I am using Enable HR and it’s actually really great for undertaking reviews. I have generally used the review process prescribed by Andy Grove in his classic book High Output Management – this approach is closely matched by the Enable HR software. I also use the One Page Strategic Plan from Verne Harnish to help define the objectives and performance indicators that are then used in the OKR’s in the review process. So far, so good…

Weekly Journal: Week 9, 2019

Last week was reasonably intense. I started it by reading “The Critical Chain” by Eliyahu Goldratt – which was a fantastic read – over the weekend. Monday, I started investigating how we might implement this in our project management tools and processes to see if it has an impact. Given the pressure the project team have on them right now with a product launch imminent (today) I didn’t push this very hard – but I will come back to it this week.

Weekly Journal: Week 8, 2019

Last week was mostly spent refactoring Python code to add a set of features that use external data. A little annoying as I had to go through integrating a couple of other search engines before I found a workable solution using Bing Web Search API. It’s super easy to manage (through Azure dashboard) and the performance is excellent. I wrote a little Python wrapper for it and plugged it into our keyword engine and it’s working great.

Weekly Journal: Week 2, 2019

Last week was interesting – I had a bunch of things going on at once and all of them were kind of interesting. In fact, it would not be hard to write a full essay on each of these.


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