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DYS Background

The Ohio Department of Youth Services (DYS) is the youth prison system for all of Ohio. If a child is convicted of a felony, even if they are tried as an adult, they go to DYS. …


A challenge that Project Managers often face is that not every project can be managed in the same way. Projects come in different sizes and complexities with different budgets and scope requirements. …


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One key trait of a professional leader is the ability to help your team solve problems and remove obstacles. There are major differences between problems and obstacles, but more often than not, company leaders aren’t distinguishing between the two.

Problems are challenges that require strategic problem solving, and if ignored, result in long-term consequences. Problems will fester and get worse over time, so they warrant immediate attention and focus. Every great leader is a Chief Problem Solver. Running a company is an unending series of problems and company leaders have to be willing and capable of dealing with problems head-on.

This not to say that leaders should solve every problem for their team, but leaders cannot ignore problems hoping they will go away. …


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As a product manager, you need to be good at a lot of things. You need to be able to work under deadlines, speak the language of engineering and business, and be the voice of the customer. A Product managers job is inherently cross functional because product touches every aspect of the business. The name “product manager” seems to suggest a single relationship: between you and the product. To some extent, there is truth that product management is about the product, but it’s more about the relationships between the product and the other entities involved.

As a product manager, you need to be thinking about three key relationships. …


I think we can all agree that these are weird times. Now, more than ever, we need to make sure we are communicating as fluidly as possible as individuals and as a team. In a traditional office setting a person would be able to walk over to a colleague’s desk and ask direct questions while pointing at a screen, but that isn’t possible for many of us now. …


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Founders leaving a company can send shock waves, especially if it is sudden. All Founder exits are not necessarily bad for the Founder or the company. In the best situations, a Founder’s departure is both strategic and mutual.

Founders leave companies for a variety of reasons that can range from the company evolving to a point where they need professional management beyond the Founder’s current capability or desire, to the company is woefully underperforming and the board members decide on the change to try to get the company back on track. …


It’s the 200th anniversary of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow so in honor of that and since it is nearly Halloween, it seems fitting to talk about one of the newest trends in content management, the Headless CMS.

Forget about how a CMS could lose its head for a second. Some of you are probably asking, “What is a CMS?” A CMS, or Content Management System, in the simplest terms, is an application that stores content in a database for use in a digital platform (think website or mobile app). …


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Have we hit an innovation lull or are we just bad at keeping up with and telling the stories of recent innovations?

Over the past few years, I have participated in several innovation conferences and talks, including as a guest speaker for some of the conferences. I continue to be surprised by the examples used by so-called innovation practitioners and experts. The examples include Kodak being out innovated by Fuji, Blockbuster being out innovated by Netflix, Airbnb, Amazon, Uber and so on. These are all great innovation stories but have no great innovations happened more recently? …


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When you work for, or with, a company with strong core values, you’ll know it. Core values define and guide every single business decision, the company’s culture, and even the customer or client experience. Whether it is short-term decision making or long-term strategic thinking, the core values should be at the forefront of every discussion. Here at AWH we have eight core values we live and work by. Everything we do, from recruiting to how we treat our clients, is driven by our core values.

1. Awesome Comes Standard

2. Results Focused

3. Transparent

4. Stay Curious

5. Deliver

6. Own…


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One of the tools we often take for granted these days is the Inversion of Control (IoC) container. An IoC makes following the Dependency Inversion Principle (the “D” in SOLID) relatively simple, so it’s not surprising that developers often confuse the two, but they are not the same thing. …

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