Groking Technical Management

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As my 30+ years career in technical leadership winds down, I felt compelled to write a book on a practical approach to enterprise or scaled agile development management. This book includes almost all aspects of managing a high-performance software development organization and has many applications outside of technical management.

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Humanism for Parents

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This was my first published work. I had two main goals: first was to learn the publishing industry and second to spread the word that people can live a normal, (spiritually) healthy life without reliance on religion. There were no books on the market like this at the time and I needed to learn something about publishing if I wanted to be successful with the novel I had started to research. My wife (at the time) and I had raised four awesome children in a Humanistic-like environment, so I used that experience. The two goals, therefore, combined to writing and self-publishing this short non-fiction book.

Finem Respice

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Every year, since my children were young, I have written them a letter about what happened in their lives the previous year. In 2021, I combined all of these into a hardcover book and called it Finem Respice.

The plan, all along, was to give a copy to each child when they turned thirty. In 2021, my eldest turned thirty, so the first version was published. It includes a section on important events in the world that year, a general section for what has been happening to the family and to me personally, and then sections for each of the four kids. It tells the good, the bad, and the ugly and represents a frank depiction of each year.

Reflections in the Dark

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This began as a collection of thoughts, philosophies, and ideas that I would like to pass on to my children. Coincidentally, after my father's death, we found a similar book he had started at roughly the same biological age. He called his Scattered Reflections. Maybe there is a biological imperative, or at least desire, to leave something like this behind... In any case, it is a kind of legacy that I started around forty and have worked on as I find time over the years and that I will leave to my children. I have also found that some of these thoughts have found their way into my other writing, especially the personal essays.


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In 2000 I produced a genealogy book for my family that included the family tree from my children back as far as I could go and an overview of their heritage with a number of short pieces about particular relatives.
I called it Bimillenial Curleys, though in retrospect, that was a silly name. This book was done before the advent of easy-to-use self publishing companies, so I did the production work myself.
Since its publication, and my posting research questions and results, a number of other relatives have stepped forward. Ultimately, I will get back to this book and do a major update - and probably rename it.

Personal Essays & Short Stories

As I have traveled the writing adventure, I have written a number of personal essays and short stories.

  • Paul's Missing Years is a history of Paul of Tarsus I wrote in preparation for Propositum that includes speculative journeys during the time he was missing (according to the bible).
  • Brothers is a short story about two opposing civil war brothers and how a serendipitous letter shaped their final moments.
  • Thecla the Chaste is a short story about a reported follower of St. Paul and one of the earliest female saints in the church.
  • Mismanagement in Japan is a humorous personal essay about some of my management foibles in Japan.
  • The Question is a short coming-of-age story about a boy trying to ask a girl out.
  • A Conversation about Timothy Leary is a personal essay about a conversation I had with my oldest son regarding the use of drugs.
  • The Marathon is a story about a father who used to enjoy running and commemorates the loss of his son by running his first marathon.

Graduate Works

I have three graduate degrees. These are the relevant theses:
GAIJIN GIZYUTSU KANRI - Foreign Technical Management in Japan: My thesis for the MS, Engineering Management degree from California Miramar University. It is a study of how foreigners manage in Japan.
Technological Mitigation Options to Anthropogenic Global Warming: My final paper for the MS, Space Studies degree from the University of North Dakota. It is about ways we might resolve man-made global warming.
Nuveau Power, Inc. - A Response to the Need for a Space-Based Solar Power System My capstone project for UND detailing a proposal for a space-based solar power system.
Researching the Balance between Aesthetics and Historicity in Historical Novels of Ancient Times: My capstone project for the MLA degrees in creative writing centered around the research required for Propositum.