Y U No Tell me: Over Communicate

This is the fifth post in a series called Y U No Tell me; Lessons learned from building a WordPress development business. For a list of all posts in the series, please start here. Back in 2001 while working at my previous job, I got in to work one day around 8 am. A client,…

Y U No Tell me: Who needs contracts?

This is the fourth post in a series called Y U No Tell me; Lessons learned from building a WordPress development business. For a list of all posts in the series, please start here. I can answer this one in two words; you do! Over the past 5 years, my company has been extremely fortunate.…

Y U No Tell me: They don't know what they need

This is the third post in a series called Y U No Tell me; Lessons learned from building a WordPress development business. For a list of all posts in the series, please start here. When I first started working at my previous job it was just me and my boss. The company would eventually grow…

Y U No Tell me: Jargon

This is the second post in a series called Y U No Tell me; Lessons learned from building a WordPress development business. For a list of all posts in the series, please start here. Let me set the scene for you The phone rings. I answer it and the person on the other end says…

Y U No Tell me; a blog series

In April of 2014, I gave a 10 minute lightening talk at WordCamp Minneapolis where I (quickly) covered a set of lessons I've learned that I wish somebody had told me about before I started my company. I received a lot of positive feedback about the session and it made me wish I had the…

Getting the most out of GiveCamp

I recently took part in the second annual Las Vegas GiveCamp event, which is a weekend long hack-a-thon for charity. The way it works is pretty cool. They invite a number of Non-Profit groups who are looking for some assistance, then they invite dozens of volunteers to spend the weekend helping the Non-Profits in whatever…

A short story about a shirt

To say I have a lot of t-shirts would be quite an understatement. I go to a pretty good number of conferences and other events that hand out free shirts, I buy funny shirts from places like 6dollarshirts.com, and I absolutely love buying shirts from concerts I attend. This Micky & the Motorcars shirt falls…

But does the client know?

Yesterday I was on a call with a client when I was reminded of a lesson I had learned early on at my last job. It was a little more than a decade ago, I got to my desk around 8am and checked my email. There was an URGENT email from a client, we'll call…

How we came to pull the plug on Event Ticketing

I've been asked several times why we decided to finally pull the plug on our event ticketing plugin. Rather than have to tell the story over and over, I figured I'd just write it up so I could just send people the link when they ask. So, as requested, here's the story of how we…