What Improv is and Why it Matters — Introduction

Lifehacker recently featured a post titled “How To Use Improv to Change your Life”; the post made me think how improv (improvisational theatre) had changed my life. Way back in high school I took a summer theatre class from a teacher who’d worked on Broadway. We did lots of fun activities that summer, but my […]
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Use a PMI Analysis to Encourage Critical Thinking

A participant in a critical thinking class I taught recently suggested a solution to a problem I’d posed to the group. “Let’s do a PMI analysis,” I suggested, expecting the class to be familiar with the tool. None were. The tool can be a very productive way to frame a discussion. What is a PMI […]
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Don’t be Afraid to be Creative

Being “creative” is an essential skill in most business environments. When I was an undergraduate engineering student, I learned about how to be creative. I didn’t learn it from classes, though; I learned it through the books by Edward de Bono. I will always be grateful to my friend Richard for introducing me to de […]
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Tools for Reducing Software Vulnerabilities

NIST, the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, released a report last December, “Dramatically Reducing Software Vulnerabilities.” It has multiple useful and interesting ideas for improving vulnerabilities in software. I want to highlight two that I felt were most important. 1. Education There is no technological substitute for developer discipline. Education is not just […]
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Could a Hand-held EMP Device Threaten Cyber Security?

The ability to disable computers, cars, or other machinery from a distance without being easily detected has fascinated me for a long time. Years ago I worked for defense cub-contractor founded by engineers who had worked on the Airborne LASER Laboratory (ALL). They successfully used a LASER on board an airplane to shoot down drones. […]
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