The Farmer Effect / Theory

Yesterday I recorded a podcast with Matt Groves -- a concept I've started calling "The Farmer Effect".  A few years ago, while sitting around with a bunch of teams, someone I was working with and I hit a wall.  I can't remember what it was, but it just wasn't going to work and I said "to hell with this, let's all quit and go be farmers".  A large number of devs agreed and started talking about how they'd rather spend a week in a field, or swinging a hammer ...than work on yet another report.

That touched a nerve.  From this frustration, how possible could it be that a full rejection of technology in nearly every way ... not seem crazy?  Like it's not a bad idea?  How and why was it a thing that a number of us all felt and was serious about??  I started asking more people in technology and many of them (~90% so far) had the same feeling with various degrees of intensity. A desire to do "hardware" instead of software.  I started digging, asking more questions. More...

Do an online conference like a pro

The online conference.  We've all been on these.  Someone can't figure out how to connect. Or someone's headset / phone is cutting out.  Or people talk over each other. Or saying their name when every time they speak (it shows up letting everyone know who it is).  Really I mean like this ...

More likely than not, it's been some variety of the one above.  On average, all of these things happen on every call and I have no idea why, it all seems so simple.  One day, after talking to a prospective client this email hit my inbox.
 
"Find out what headset Jesse is using.  His audio has been fantastic and I want to know all his secrets..."
 
Well, here's my list of secrets... :spoiler, it is nothing magical:More...