“It will not always be summer; build barns.”— Hesiod

Our weather pauses near every Labor Day weekend in upstate New York.

The previous weeks were full of hot weather with periodic thundershowers.  Now our land is taking its annual deep breath as the tail end of summer meets the leading edge of autumn. The wind energizes the woods and the animals in them. I take in deep breathes and can smell and almost taste the forthcoming fall season.

It is also a natural time for my clients to take a pause and look ahead. These are three of the steps my best clients are taking with me. 


Celebrate what was accomplished so far.  This summer was chaotic for all my clients.  Many of the things we wanted to get done were not possible. Yet, in the first step, we focus just on the positive of what did we get done.  Where did the chaos make us stronger?  What new ideas do we have that energize us?

Look ahead to the turn of the year.  We ask two questions.  What are the most valuable things we can accomplish by year-end?  What do we need to do to ensure that we start 2021 with a strong foundation?

Develop a realistic plan that energizes us as much as the winds of fall approaching. Developing a plan that we are confident we can meet is a challenge. There is much to do that was leftover from the summer.  The challenges of 2020 are still with us. Yet, we are making plans that each person knows they can accomplish.


Growing up on a farm, this time of year was always the height of harvest. Yet, when the winds of fall came, we also started to prepare for the next growing season.  

May you enjoy the changing of seasons.

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They find it hard to believe that is possible to deliver defect-free software to customers.  And I am telling them our goal is to deliver near defect-free software to test. I am also working to help them understand that doing work in this was does not sacrifice speed. It is actually faster.

Yours in the calm pursuit of excellence,


Alan Willett

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