Artists, Engineers, and Entrepreneurs: ...

If Dousic founder Brian Moore wrote an autobiography, it might be called "From Music to Technology and Back Again." Brian grew up in Greenwood, MS where he developed his love of music. Growing up in a deeply religious family with a minister for a father, he was not allowed to listen to the blues at home, but developed a taste for the genre, as well as soul and Motown, anyway.

  • Apr 28, 2021 8:30:00 AM |
  • Jeff Olsen

Hiller Product Reviews: Get to Know ...

Selecting the instruments we use in our systems is not an arbitrary or easy decision. Our engineers spend a lot of time evaluating options to determine the products that will ultimately be the best fit for our customers applications. We try to stick to using the catalog of instruments we’ve thoroughly evaluated as much as possible, because every time we need to learn a new instrument, there are time and monetary costs involved. 

  • Mar 24, 2021 2:08:39 PM |
  • Christian Miller

Artists, Engineers, and Entrepreneurs: ...

In this episode of ae2, we talk to Product Development Consultant, Business Owner, and Author Don Reinertsen. Don works works with companies who are thinking about process improvement methodologies to apply to their product development cycle. More specifically, he helps people who are thinking about these various approaches in a non-critical way. For example, someone who read in an article or heard at a conference presentation that Method X will improve your product development process and then decides that's what his team will do. Almost inevitably, Method X fails.

That's when these people turn to Don.

  • Mar 17, 2021 10:15:00 AM |
  • Jeff Olsen

Artists, Engineers, and Entrepreneurs: ...

A common challenge for our armed forces veterans as they transition out of the military and into civilian life is building their professional and personal network. Kymberli Speight, a former Air Force officer herself, recognized this problem and after a civilian career that included human resources, recruiting, and contract administration, she decided to become a career coach for military executives transitioning to the private sector. As a career coach, she noticed that while everyone recognized the importance of networking, people struggled in learning how to apply it.

This episode of ae2 explores networking and the inspiration for Kymberli's new book, I Need To Know You: How to Meet Ordinary, Extraordinary People and Improve Your Life.

  • Mar 2, 2021 9:45:00 AM |
  • Jeff Olsen

Opportunity in Chaos

A little over a month ago, just as I had recovered from COVID, I dropped a 600 lb case of equipment across my foot, breaking my 5th metatarsal pretty good. I’ve been in a boot ever since and will for another two months as I write this.

Immediately the world looked different from my perspective. I’d never spent time considering just how to deal with stairs before breaking my foot. Now it was one of the most concerning things. How do I take a shower now? Or get in and out of my truck? All new problems to solve. In the last five weeks, I’ve gone from crutches to a combination of Scooter and Peg Leg, depending on what I need to do. It’s been challenging, as many things take much more effort to accomplish, not to mention the pain.

I’ve gotten better at other things too. I can get across our manufacturing plant faster than ever before. Since getting around takes more effort, I’m more efficient at deciding when best to move and what I can do without needing to move. I’ve become more focused and efficient, much more aware of my surroundings and perhaps most of all, more introspective of the process of change, and what to expect. For that, I’m thankful for the experience.

All of Texas is going through that right now. This last week of winter weather in Texas has brought untold damage and heartache for all who call Texas home. Texas isn’t unique though. All of us will certainly face our share of disaster, heartache, loss, and challenge. We don’t have the choice to completely avoid challenges in our lives. What we do with those challenges is the important question.

  • Feb 22, 2021 3:03:09 PM |
  • Jeff Olsen

Artists, Engineers & Entrepreneurs: The ...

If you’ve ever wanted to know what makes a great whiskey great, then this episode of ae2 is for you. For this interview, we left the office and traveled a little further into the Texas Hill County to Blanco, TX to chat with world-renowned whiskey expert, author of Whiskey Distilled, and master blender, Heather Greene. Greene has a diverse background when it comes to whiskey, and today, she is the CEO at Provision Spirits, the maker of Milam & Greene whiskies.

  • Feb 17, 2021 11:56:58 AM |
  • Jeff Olsen

Killing Conversations

One of the more interesting books I’ve read in the last twenty years is “You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation,” by Debra Tannen. It outlines how common, predictable, and at many times extremely challenging communication can be. No matter your situation (quick plug), I recommend you take a listen to what she has to say.

I’m thinking about that book this morning as I meditate on communication breakdowns, not in politics or media, but in our basic person-to-person interactions we all have each day. It seems the most precious skill we are perhaps losing is our ability to listen with intent. And that intent is to understand the other person, rather than plan our verbal retort. Losing, or perhaps not valuing this skill bears a surprisingly heavy cost.

  • Feb 2, 2021 10:35:07 AM |
  • Jeff Olsen

Artists, Engineers, and Entrepreneurs: ...

For many years, local artist Pat Chapman's beautiful talent was hidden out of fear. She began playing with art as a teenager and even spent time as an oil portrait artist in her thirties, but she was afraid that people wouldn't like her paintings. It wasn't until last year, after constant encouragement from her husband, that Pat truly embraced her gift and began taking classes and working with an art coach. 

This episode of Artists, Engineers, and Entrepreneurs (ae2) explores how Pat conquered her fear by surrounding herself with a community of artists and how she is giving back to that community.

  • Jan 28, 2021 10:41:51 AM |
  • Jeff Olsen

Artists, Engineers, and Entrepreneurs ...

Doug Sayer, Co-Founder of Premier Technology, joins us for episode 8 of Artists, Engineers, and Entrepreneurs (ae2). In the episode, Doug teaches us about the importance of specialized knowledge, a burning desire, and having an enormous stomach for risk when starting a new business.

  • Dec 1, 2020 10:21:00 AM |
  • Jeff Olsen

Using Software Measurements to Ensure ...

This blog post outlines of how Hiller Measurements is (or in some cases, is planning to) implement “Quality at Speed” in the software organization, as well as a description of exactly what that means. Some of these ideas have come from various books over the years, others are my own. I’m not going to attribute all of them individually but let me know if you find something particularly brilliant and I’ll figure out which of the books it came from.

  • Nov 9, 2020 3:50:35 PM |
  • Christopher Stryker

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