Several times a week, I clean out my notebook and my head. This means a few thoughts, occasionally a long essay, and always some links and fun phrases and ideas I’ve collected since last episode. It’s all only lightly edited in favor of shipping.

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About Coté

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My standard bio:

Michael Coté studies how large organizations get better at building software to run better and grow their business. His books Changing MindsetsMonolithic Transformation, and The Business Bottleneck cover these topics. He’s been an industry analyst at RedMonk and 451 Research, done corporate strategy and M&A, and was a programmer. He also co-hosts several podcasts, including Software Defined Talk. Cf., and is @cote in Twitter.

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