Forget the technical overviews.

Forget the technical overviews.

When I got my first job as a software developer 6 years ago, the on-boarding I received consisted of wiki pages, diagrams, keynotes, and many meetings to walk through various architectures and system diagrams.

I thought there had to be a better way, but as a junior developer, I wasn't sure.

There is a better way. 


Wild River Wilderness: Where Beauty is Pain

Wild River Wilderness: Where Beauty is Pain

21 miles is easy. Easy when you are hiking on perfectly compacted, rock-free, root-free trails of Yosemite, Glacier, or Olympic national parks. When it comes to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, 21 miles is a grueling marathon, an improbable, if not impossible ordeal even for seasoned hikers.

I took a bit of a hiatus from backpacking last summer so hiking the Wild River wilderness was my first backpacking trip since Glacier National Park two years ago.

The Wild River Wilderness is located at the northeast corner of the White Mountain National Forest, on the border between Maine and New Hampshire. It is very remote and rugged with but a few trails segmenting the wooded landscape. There are not a lot of campsites in the entire Wild River Basin, and only one on the Carter Range - Imp Campsite. 

It's almost 2018. Three simple principles for a year of fulfillment.

It's almost 2018. Three simple principles for a year of fulfillment.

We're constantly bombarded with ideas on how to live a better life. 

"Guide to financial success"

"10 things you need to avoid in your 20's"

"Top 3 billionaire habits"

Do these sound like familiar posts you stumble upon every couple weeks? Do you often get conflicting advice on finances, relationships, fitness and personal happiness from your friends, family and co-workers?

Here are just a couple of guidelines that could help you gain peace of mind in 2018.

I tried minimalist challenge for 30 days. Here’s what happened.

I tried minimalist challenge for 30 days. Here’s what happened.

Putting myself through a deliberate minimalism challenge encouraged me to be intentional about my belongings. Intentional about my life. Decluttering raised a lot of questions, not only about things and what those things do for me - but about life and what’s important in life. I have a long way to go to being truly minimalist, but it feels great to be on the path there. Minimalism is a journey, not a destination

The Value of Implementing A/B Tests Quickly and Why Sometimes No Design Process is the Best Design Process

UX design process is often preached as the best way to design the think that suits the customer needs best. Which such process might be highly effective in some cases, it cannot be applied as a one-size-fits-all solution. Teams tasked with solving problems quickly and creatively, should bypass formal UX process for sake of delivering into market quickly, failing fast, and learning from the experiments. 

Want a more productive day? Wake up before 5 AM.

Want a more productive day? Wake up before 5 AM.

You go to bed at 1 AM, your alarm goes off at 6 AM in hopes of getting you to that 7 AM yoga class. You snooze, over and over again. Finally, realizing you'll be late for your first meeting at work, you drag yourself out of bed at 7:45, and rush to the door skipping breakfast. 

You barely make it to work on time, you're hungry, and you didn't have time to catch up on your emails before getting into your day.

We've all been there. When we wake up "just in time", productivity is generally shot for the day. 

For the past month, I have been challenging myself to get up before 5 AM, on a consistent basis. I live about 50 minutes outside of Boston, and one of my favorite Yoga studios that actually offers a morning class is in Cambridge. In order for me to make that 6 AM class, I have to leave my house around 5 AM. 

A Wintry Day at Conomo

A Wintry Day at Conomo

I've been coming to this magical place for almost 3 years. The Cape Anne area is probably the most beautiful spot on the New England coast. Few places offer such sweeping views of the water, marshes, islands covered with trees and hills, historical New England cottages, antique shops, and a plethora of local seafood options.