Ballot Debris

Thoughts on Agile Management, Leadership and Software Engineering

Vodafone360’s Team Board

clock June 3, 2012 07:52 by author Chad Albrecht

This is very cool!  Flow of work across the team board with computer generated Burndown and column sums.

Digg Girl

clock December 31, 2007 11:03 by author Chad Albrecht
Just saw this on foo's site. Kina Grannis recorded a song with two of her friends about, this girl is AWESOME! Kindle

clock November 20, 2007 12:53 by author Chad Albrecht
I've heard that this little e-paper reader will change the's pretty cool...but we'll see. They have a ton of pretty innovative ideas. No contract EVDO wireless, online doc conversion via email, cheap books and magazines, etc. For $399 it's definitely worth a look.

Augmented Reality

clock October 5, 2007 14:29 by author Chad Albrecht
My friend Casey just put up an article on augmented reality which is unbelievably cool! For those of you playing Halo 3, your jaws may drop.

German scientists find dyslexia gene

clock June 20, 2006 11:09 by author Chad Albrecht
According to, German researchers say they've found a genetic component for the learning disability dyslexia, possibly opening new methods of treatment. Not surprisingly, the last problem the researchers are dealing with is how to reverse the gene sequence. ;)

Change the World

clock June 9, 2006 05:05 by author Chad Albrecht
According to Technology Review, startup Avanti Metal, using technology developed at MIT, hopes to commercialize a process that drastically reduces the cost of producing titanium, making more of it available for large, lighter-weight airplanes.  I know this seems like a non-news issue, but I think it will change a lot of things.  Being as strong as steel but only 60% as dense it will now be used in situations where steel was to heavy and other solutions were cost prohibitive.  Can you imagine the kind of bridges that could be built using titanium?  It's corrosion-resistant and extremely strong.  Imagine the Golden Gate Bridge in stainless steel!  How about cars?  Fuel economy and no rust!  I hope Avanti Metal is able to commercialize the process quickly as I want my titanium Delorian!  ;)


clock May 5, 2006 02:20 by author Chad Albrecht
After a hard day of coding, this developer always finds a bug.  But never fear! Here is the fix!

MS Karting

clock May 4, 2006 09:19 by author Chad Albrecht

Thanks to Dave Bost of Microsoft for an AWESOME evening of karting at Chicago Indoor Racing! It was a well planned evening that was a total blast! A total of 22 Midwest area developers attended for kart racing, dinner, drinks, pool and socializing. Those in attendance from Wisconsin include myself, Travis Feirtag, Scott Isaacs and Gerry Heidenreich. I'm happy to report after three 15 lap qualifiers and a 30 lap feature, three of us finished in the top 5! Other developers/professionals in attendance include: Jon Henning, Gary Kline, Bob Reynolds, Robert Bogue, Lars Bergstrom, Angela Binkowski, Norman Gragasin, Craig Molick, Steven Janis, David Rhodes, David Dugan, Raj Das, Marc Gusmano and Gary Brandt. I know I'm missing some people, but these are all the names I have on my race results!

For those of you that missed it, here's a little on the karts and track. The Bowman Race karts achieve speeds of 30-35 mph and at just an inch off the ground. The track is 800 feet long, featuring a selection of medium and high speed corners. This track includes the Red Bull Chicane and the demanding Jim Beam Bend.

Thanks again Dave!

Cingular 8125

clock April 28, 2006 06:05 by author Chad Albrecht
I picked up a new Cingular 8125 smartphone last week and I have to say...IT ROCKS!  Gizmodo just posted about PDA's dying a slow death due to the explosion in smartphone technology.  They used a picture of the 8125 as a good example of a well designed smartphone and I couldn't agree more!  The battery life on it is amazing! 200 hours of standby and 5 hours of talk time.  Plus whenever I plug into my tablet with USB, it starts charging!  It runs Windows Mobile 5.0 which I have found is much improved user experience compared to prior versions.  I will post more later, but if you are looking at a new phone, check it out!

Wild concepts of the day

clock February 22, 2006 11:45 by author Chad Albrecht
Check these articles out:
Quantum computer solves problem, without running
Evidence of Children's UFO and Extraterrestrial Encounters to be Presented at a United Nations Affiliated Conference in Montreal

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I am a leader, entrepreneur, software engineer, husband, father, pilot and athlete. Over the last 17 years of my career I have built numerous successful companies and software development teams. This amazing journey has taken me all over the world and allowed me to work in a number of diverse industries. I have had the privilege to meet and work with thousands of unique and talented people. As you will see from my blog I am a strong believer in Agile techniques and the Kaizen corporate culture. I am always looking to grow myself, my teams and the companies I am partnered with.

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