Upgrading from Rails 4 to 5
There's no secret here: we love Rails. The ability to get an application up and running quickly, using well established conventions and design p…
Setting up Sublime for rapid Rails development
Recently I was having some issues with Sublime. My snippets weren’t expanding reliably and a few things just seemed “off”. Time had built up a level of crud, much like the family minivan accumulates crackers in every conceivable crevice. I recently re-installed Sublime and thought I would write about how I set it up and which packages help the most when writing Rails apps.Apr 05
Eight questions to ask before deciding on a platform for your Communities of Practice
I was recently asked by a client to provide some guidance on best practices and considerations around the rollout of a Communities of Practice discussion platform. In this post I cover the top 8 questions to ask yourself before choosing a software solution.
How we use board game design to learn about experience design
Ever since enjoying Stephen Anderson’s presentation on What board games can teach us about designing experiences, I’ve wanted to try board game …
Freedom in the Cloud: A Modern and Flexible Approach to Technology for your Association
Join me at Engaging Associations Forum 2017 from July 19-21 in Ottawa for a discussion on how your association can and should embrace cloud-based technologies
6 Ways to FAIL at Introducing a New Process
Throughout my years in Operations, I’ve learned some lessons on how to unsuccessfully introduce a new process or tool. Conversely, this means I’ve le…
Getting setup with Apache Solr
An introductory look at getting setup with Apache Solr. Also a look at comparing it with Elasticsearch and how it might fit into a Drupal website.
Top 5 technology trends for association / non-profit leaders
The digital tech landscape is constantly changing. Non-profits and associations face key decisions as they navigate the vast options that they in front of them to ensure they are maximizing their return on technology investments.