Who Is More Religious?

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called, “Being Super Duper Kosher.”

Of course, I am sure many good people are trying to do the right thing and genuinely practice to be better servants of Hashem. However, this should never become an excuse to use religious practices to misguidedly “compete”–hurt or shame–and somehow “one up” their neighbor’s religiosity or status as fellow Jews. That would be to erroneously think that G-d can’t see all His children as good and deserving in their own ways, even though the creator can certainly see what is in the heart and in the doings of all of us.


Hope this resonates with many of you who are kosher but feel unfairly (mis)judged by all the latest variations these days. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

DMAIC Reengineering

A colleague gave a wonderful talk the other day on process engineering.


The key steps to reduce waste (Lean) or variation/defects (Six Sigma) are as follows:


Define – Scope the project.


Measure – Benchmark current processes.


Analyze – Develop to-be processes (with a prioritized list of improvements) and plan for implementation.


Improve – Executive process improvements.


Control – Monitor/refine new processes.


It was amazing to me how similar to enterprise architecture this is in terms of: defining your “current” and “future” states and creating a transition plan and executing it.


Also, really liked the Project Scoping questions:


– What problem do you want to solve/what process do you want to improve?

– Why do you need this?

– What is the benefit?  And to whom?

– What are your objectives for this effort?

– Who are the key stakeholders?

– When is this needed and why?


I think process improvement/engineering methodologies like this can be a huge benefit to our organizations, especially where the tagline is “Why should we change–we’ve always done it this way!” 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

>Domain Names Demystified

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Mynameis

It’s so hard to come up with just the right domain name, especially when the landscape already seems so busy.

How are you to know what’s already out there, what’s available, and what’s original?

Panabee.com is a “brainstorming engine for finding cool names and checking domain availability.”

I tested it out and it gives you lots of useful information, including:

Interesting variations (by prepend, append, swapping, even spelling backwards, and more)

Related terms (each of which can be clicked on to continue brainstorming a name)

Translations (in over 2 dozen languages from Afrikaans to Welsh)

Alternate endings (including .net, .biz, .org, country extensions, etc.)

Inspiration from social media (such as Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, and Google–entries, terms, and mentions)

In terms of the availability of suggestions, these are indicated in a dashboard type fashion with green 🙂 or red 😦 to make it easy to see what’s what.

Finally, there is a link to Go Daddy to “buy [the Domain Name] now for $7.49 before somebody else does.”

Overall, I found Panabee to be a useful tool to come up with innovative domain names and thereby help us start up new and exciting ventures on the web.