I was recently trying to determine the value of building a P&L for some development projects. Concerned that it might end up being a time sink that doesn’t pay off in the end, I asked a mentor of mine for his thoughts. Here’s his reply: I think if you approach the per project P&L with a big grain of salt, it can be a very useful tool. The grain of salt = your P&L will never be precise and you get diminishing returns past a certain point. Your instinct about using rough numbers and not spending much time is right … Continue reading Should I Use a P&L as a Product Manager?
Dating has long been a subject I’ve avoided on my blog. First, because I tend to want to write things about dating when I’m feeling frustrated with it and I don’t want all that logged in the public record. Second, … Continue reading Black Boxes and Filling in the Blanks — Early Dating and Compatibility
I drew this diagram on my whiteboard several months ago to explain to a friend why eating a Standard American Diet (SAD) and trying to fix it with supplements is foolish. The SAD is the column on the right, achieving, … Continue reading Premature Optimization and the 95/40 Rule
My typical method for learning new music is something like this: Get the music and look over it for general patterns in the music like repeats, etc. Find a recording if possible and familiarize myself with the music Learn the music by singing/playing through it with a keyboard Make clips of the music and listen/run it a lot to work memorization Repeat 3&4 as much as I can If I’m singing in another language, I usually try to get the IPA and translations when I get the music to plug that info in as early as possible into the process. … Continue reading Technology for Learning Vocal Music