What’s the Big Idea?

I'm continuing the walk through Getting Real, the very unofficial guide to Rails Rumble development. The Rumble is a natural fit for the tenants of chapter 2, The Starting Line, and chapter 3, Stay Lean.  I will Build Less, Fund Myself, Fix Time and Budget while Flexing Scope, and Embrace Constraints.  The rules and structure of the Rumble … Continue reading What’s the Big Idea?

What Rails Rumble and TechStars Have in Common (besides @andrewhyde)

With Rails Rumble 2009 coming up this weekend, I've been thinking about why I like the competition and why it's so rewarding and productive.  In thinking through the attraction of the Rumble, I realized there is similarity to the recently wrapped Boulder TechStars session and other events in which smart developers participate (like Startup Weekend, … Continue reading What Rails Rumble and TechStars Have in Common (besides @andrewhyde)

Just Set the Right Goals

In his blog today, Derek Sivers pointed to a study called When Intentions Go Public: Does Social Reality Widen the Intention-Behavior Gap? From this and similar studies Derek concluded that "people who talk about their intentions are less likely to make them happen." Wray Herbert also offered similar advice in his Newsweek Mind Matters column. … Continue reading Just Set the Right Goals

Book Review: Blog Blazers

Here's the book that has gotten me interested in blogging again. Just like a good blog, "Blog Blazers" is full of timely information written in a very readable format. The question and answer format is surprisingly effective and Stephane Grenier presents the expertise in a very practical, actionable, motivational, and entertaining format. Whether you read … Continue reading Book Review: Blog Blazers


There web and bookstore shelves are full of authors and advisors urging us to produce instead of plan, to do instead getting bogged down in deciding. Some urge readers to "Ready, Fire, Aim." In The Art of the Start, Guy Kawasaki says GET GOING. Start creating and delivering your product or service. Think soldering irons, … Continue reading Start

Rails Rumble

Rails Rumble is a “48 hour design/develop/deploy competition”. The 2008 Rails Rumble is the weekend of October 18th and 19th (GMT) and the Rails Rumble blog is now online. The organizers explain the rumble this way. For those of you who weren’t involved last year, the Rumble is a 48 hour design/develop/deploy competition. Basically, you … Continue reading Rails Rumble