I’m so glad the talks from Big Omaha are being posted. It’s giving me a chance to listen to them again and reflect a little more on what I would consider was the best conference that I’ve been to – not that I’m a connoisseur of conferences – but it was damn good. One of the things I thought about today was Gary Vaynerchuck’s statement about how “DNA is one powerful son-of-a-bitch”. This has been my opinion as well, I’ve said that people are wired for certain things. I also believe that only about 20 percent of developers out there are good. This 20 percent are the ones with the DNA, that are wired for it and no amount of practice will make someone who doesn’t have the DNA be part of that good 20 percent. Just like I will never beat Lebron at basketball or Federer at tennis – and there are plenty of developers that I’ll never measure up to when it comes to cuttin’ code and it has nothing to do with practice or training or learning.
How about a whole company? Is it wired to do something and that’s its destiny? I’m not a dick enough to say we’re the best at custom line of business applications, but I’d say we’re pretty damn good at what we do. But I want to have products to push, I want to honestly say that we’re a software company – not a consulting company, because I never wanted to set out to build the greatest consulting company, I want to build a software company that has products that others find useful enough to give us some of their money for.
January 19, 2021
Software development is a team-based endeavor because of the complexity involved in launching a new system. Gone are the days when one developer can be point on the whole back-office software stack. It now takes multiple specialized roles to (appropriately) fulfill the software delivery lifecycle. A typical software project requires: Leadership Product management Project management […]
January 13, 2021
One definition of rot is the process of deterioration. Something that decays over time. By this standard – software rots like food in the Nebraska heat. It’s true. If your software isn’t regularly updated, it deteriorates and breaks down. Consider this – software is written to work at a moment in time…but time marches on. […]
January 4, 2021
OMAHA, NE, January 4, 2021 – In late 2020, Volano Solutions announced it has changed its name to Volano Software and launched a new website: www.volanosoftware.com. The name change was made to more accurately reflect what the company does, and the website was designed to be more informative and user-friendly to clients and prospective clients […]
June 2, 2020
According to LinkedIn technology (software) has a higher overall turnover rate than retail. With that, it isn’t a matter of if, but a matter of when. Volano has engineered a culture of “by developers, for developers” and this helps our retention. In fact, most of the folks that work at Volano have been here +5 […]
June 2, 2020
It is hard enough to build a successful business, and few want to invest time and resources into worrying about an Intellectual Property Assignment. But alas, you must do your homework. Fortunately, we make it easy for Volano customers. When asked – “Who owns the software and IP for my project?” – it is an […]
May 28, 2020
Many of us remember the grade school game Telephone. It was funny to see how a simple message would get garbled as it was passed along from person to person. But it’s not as funny when that message is a critical business requirement that will be turned into software that will power your business. Yet, […]