Joining The Iron Yard

Man, it's been a long while since I posted here. I'll update on what's been going on in the intervening six-plus months in a bit, but today I'm way more excited to tell you about what I'm going to be doing next. Recently, I accepted a job offer to be…

The only thing visitor metrics are good for

Annie Cushing of Annielytics fame had a nice post yesterday pointing out the inherent fallacy of visitor-based metrics in analytics platforms. Annie[1] was focusing on Google Analytics specifically, but almost all of her points apply to almost any other web analytics platform as well. If I can’t be…

Team philosophy and backing it up

Development team culture doesn't come from top-down, but rather from a collective agreement. That said, I've found it both handy and important to make that culture concrete by writing it down. What follows is not only my most-recent team's - it's mine. Our philosophy Care. Everything starts with this. We…

Open waters

I lost my job yesterday. Well, I didn’t “lose” it. It was taken away from me. Due to a number of factors[1], I lost focus while doing a high-profile bit of work for a client - said work wasn’t originally part of the…

Broken pieces and the anti-vaxx movement

Yesterday, in advance of Nova’s program on vaccines (embedded above), I tweeted the following: Vaccines do not cause Autism. To be honest, there’s likely nothing that “causes” Autism. It’s just there. That’s it. #vaccinesNOVA— Chris Vannoy (@chris_vannoy) September 10, 2014 I received a…