Chris Pietschmann

husband, father, hacker, entrepreneur, futurist, innovator, autodidact

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Psychology of Software and its Users

The fact that Psychology plays an instrumental role in the development, design and everyday use of software is not something that is very apparent to most people. It is something that is hidden within the details, but is also blatantly obvious when to really think about how software is developed, designed and used. Think about this for a moment: Software is designed by people for people to use. Sure, the execution of software code and the process flow within it are a carefully laid out path of l... [More]

Urgency is not Panic, unless you let it be

When you are caught up in the urgency of getting something done it is easy to be blinded by the FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) that is causing you to rush and possibly make mistakes. After all, the deadline is fast approaching! Almost every time urgency is accompanied with rushing. Although, it doesn’t have to be. The next time you get into an urgent situation, make sure you "Stop, Relax. Now, GO!" Reflecting on the current situation allows you to remain in control while still getting t... [More]

Execution is Most Important to be Successful

A quote you likely hear a lot is "It doesn't matter what you know; It's WHO you know." Well, when you compare the "what" and "who" it is generally true that the "who" is more important. After all, if you don't know who to sell to then it doesn't matter what you build or do. However, something that is implicit in that quote is that you know how to execute. Execution is probably the most important thing to succeed in both life and business. No matter how much you know, if you can't execute an idea... [More]

Automation is Essential

There are many tasks that are performed repetitively. Some of those tasks often get outsourced. However, in the end someone is responsible for performing those tasks. Automation is the process of setting up some kind of process to perform repetitive tasks with minimal effort from the person responsible. Any time there is a task that is necessary to perform repetitively you must (in today's ever shrinking and increasingly competitive world) consider if that task is worth automating in whole or in... [More]

An Hour Saved is an Hour Earned

Time is the scarcest resource we have. More scarce than land, More scarce than water. More scarce than money. This is one of the reasons that life is so precious. "A penny saved is a penny earned." - Benjamin Franklin This famous quote from Benjamin Franklin can also be applied to Time. We only have so much time. We need to choose wisely how we spend it. An hour spent reading useless Facebook status updates is one less hour spent with your family. An hour spent watching TV is one less hour spent... [More]

Comfort is Overrated. Change is Exciting and Revealing!

We naturally tend to resist change and cling to our comfort zones. Venture out and try something new on a regular basis. You might fail; you might succeed. But, you will never know which if you don’t try. The only way to truly grow as a person, both personally and professionally, is to step out where you’ve never been and try something new. You WILL surprise yourself with what you can handle when you set aside fear and embrace novelty.

Stop. Relax. Now, GO!

Once in a while you need to pause and rest for a second so you can collect your thoughts before pushing forward. The rush of pushing forward all the time leaves little time to reflect on what’s been done and where you’re headed. Don’t forget to force yourself to regain a little perspective once in a while. Stop. Take a breath of fresh air. Now, GO!