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  • Blog Post: Recognizing Your Students and People You Know

    Everyone likes to be recognized for good work. And yet, most of us don't hear back when we do a good job. But you can fix that: With a simple acknowledgement of how someone has helped you, you can help them have a great day, and perhaps even boost their career. Continue reading →
  • Blog Post: Indie Dev Podcast – Ep 31 Pek Pongpaet and Daniel Pesina, Mortal Kombat

    This week is a bit different. I’ve got my co-worker in DC, Shahed Chowdhuri on the show, along with Pek Pongpaet (pong-pat) and Daniel Pesina. Shahed and Pek grew up together, and Pek met Daniel while studying at his Wushu.  Daniel played Johnny Cage and ninjas Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Reptile, Smoke...
  • Blog Post: The Five Minute* Guide to Machine Learning

    * Plot twist: It’s Mr. Math under that Mask, Scooby Doo! OK, you really can’t learn all about Machine Learning … Continue reading →
  • Blog Post: Book Review on: "Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus & Sharpen Your Creative Mind" by 99U

    I recently received a great book as a gift. I'm not one that likes reading fiction. But non-fiction, especially with short, structured chapters is always a winner for me because I can read a chapter during my limited spare time and if I set the book down, next time I pick it up, I can read a different...
  • Blog Post: Indie Dev Podcast – Ep 26 – Howard Dortch, Shawnee State University

    Listen to the podcast Download the .mp3 Subscribe via iTunes Howard is an industry veteran who now works in academia at Shawnee State University’s game development program in Ohio. Before working in education, Howard had roles at AMD, as well as Sony, specifically at Verant in San Diego, where...
  • Blog Post: 7 Mistakes New Managers Should Avoid

    When you move into a people manager role, it's usually because you are doing a great job as an individual contributor. Being a manager is quite different than being an individual contributor. Instead of only being concerned with getting your own work done, you are now responsible for a whole team of...
  • Blog Post: The Hardest Thing In Data Science

    When I started down the path of learning Data Science, I was nervous. I have to work hard at math … Continue reading →
  • Blog Post: Pit of Success for Organizations

    Many years ago I coined the phrase “Pit of Success” for software. People had used that turn of phrase before to mean landing in a situation where their own success was awful, but that’s not how I meant it. What I meant was that that state-of-the art software frameworks were too hard...
  • Blog Post: Backyard Data Science

    I add things to this site pretty much every week, so to help you navigate all the articles, I’ve set … Continue reading →
  • Blog Post: Pushing the pause button and being thankful

    With the Thanksgiving Holiday fast approaching, I wanted to take a moment to let my readers know how much I have appreciated your patronage of HealthBlog over the years. I've been writing this blog since October of 2005 when my then manager here at Microsoft suggested that a blog might be a good way...
  • Blog Post: #sqlcares

    #sqlcares The SQL Server community is amazing. I’ve been in technology for 30 years, and it’s the most uniquely connected … Continue reading →
  • Blog Post: Moving Beyond Unconscious Bias - Good People Matter!

    Presented at SQL Saturday Oregon on October 24, 2015 by Julie Koesmarno and Cindy Gross Good People We’re good people. As good people we don’t want to think we do things that have negative consequences for others. But sometimes our subconscious can fool us. What we intend isn’t...
  • Blog Post: On being skeptical of the old, women, and minorities

    Journal The definition for “skeptical” is “Not easily convinced, having doubts or reservations” ( As a Data Scientist, you’ll want … Continue reading →
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