Fun in Parenting (or Out-Maneuvering Your Kid)

“Punch buggy!”  For those of you who don’t know, punch buggy is an opportunistic form of vehicle identification violence. As you ride down the road, everyone in the car looks for Volkswagen Beetles.  The first person spotting one shouts “punch buggy” and accompanies the proclamation with a light (or not) punch to a slightly less […]

Boulders, Bowling Balls, Softballs and Marbles

Imagine each of these things. Different sizes, right? Right. This is how I think about tasks. Boulders are big tasks – they might even be entire projects. Much like a block of marble waiting to be sculpted, the boulder is unrefined…it has no appreciable form. The boulder represents a large unit of work that needs […]

Chris-Allport App Privacy Policy

Last updated: December 3, 2021 I respect the privacy of my users.  This Privacy Policy explains how I collect, use, and disclose and safeguard your information when you use mobile applications that I have published.  Please read this Privacy Policy carefully.  IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THE TERMS OF THIS PRIVACY POLICY, PLEASE DO […]

Win Your DCP (2006)

Take a little Guitar Hero, add a little Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing, throw in some people you know, see if it will blend, and you get Win Your DCP.Surely you are thinking, “what is a DCP?”  If not, I am disappointed.  A DCP is a document change proposal.  When designing by committee, one must submit […]

A Phish Tale

This actually happened.  Yesterday, I received a phishing email from someone pretend to be the chairman of a board of directors on which I currently serve.  Not leaving well enough alone, I had to have some fun.  And I truly hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it. “Josh” Chris, I’ll […]

Why Bother with Communication? (Part 3)

Many years ago, I was sitting in a meeting with two colleagues.  We were discussing something technical and the conversation got very heated and very loud. As I sat there and listened to both sides of the argument, I started laughing.  First, it was just to myself, but as the argument bloomed, so did my […]

Ever Find Yourself in a Place Where NOTHING Makes Sense? (Part 2)

Quick.  Multiple choice question: It’s not supposed to make sense. I don’t know what they are talking about. Maybe I am in the wrong place. Face it, sometimes, the information simply isn’t for you.  That doesn’t make it bad, irrelevant, or wrong.  Furthermore, it does not diminish your value.  We are all cut from a […]

Be Honest with How Much You Know (especially when others don’t) – Part 1

Have you ever been in a meeting or seminar when the person talking simply makes no sense?  That’s not to say the lecture is bad, the presentation might be completely engaging, but it just doesn’t seem to mean anything to you. It happens to me all the time.  People are talking, usually speaking English, and […]

The Value of Changing Your Context?

There is something that happens in the US that we take completely for granted, Long Haul Trucking.  The economy is built around it.  And there is a belief system about “truckers” that follows. Days on the road away from family. In Ireland, when the entire country is 6 hours tip to tip, there is probably […]

Making Things Happen

If you check behind every door, you will always be able to find some reason that you should not pass through.  Sometimes you just have to kick in doors and move forward.  Sometimes you will upset someone…it will happen.  But fear of irking someone is not sufficient reason for timidity or passivity. Making a mistake […]

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