Hello! I build IT teams and design IT Systems for startups and nonprofits. I consistently encounter the same problems, so I set out to create a series of guides to help others navigate the IT Ecosystem. You can learn more about my philosphies via my website dave-bour.com.

Over the past 10 years, I’ve been working to make the change from high-performing individual contributor to a manager. If you’re in the same boat, you may be wondering when you’re going to be trained on how to make this transition. …


A while back, I wrote about what help me in making the transition from independent contributor to manager. I will always have more to learn in managing people, but the next stage of learning to lead does not have to wait.

As we move along the path, the concepts become more amorphous, less concrete. For example, as an IC you’ll configure the server and as a manager you’ll hire and coach team members to build the server. In a leadership position, you’ll align the use of servers with organizational and business goals.

The first section focuses on understanding and defining…


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Hello! I build IT teams and design IT Systems for startups and nonprofits. I consistently encounter the same problems, so I set out to create a series of guides to help others navigate the IT Ecosystem. You can learn more about my philosphies via my website dave-bour.com or via my weekly newsletter.

There’s a concept in the medical community of bedside manner, which is a doctor’s attitude or approach towards a patient. As COVID becomes a preventable disease, health care professionals are reporting on their frustration as hospitals see a rise in patients with unnecessary cases.

I can imagine how…


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An Administrative Note

I’m adding two pieces of advise up here because I think they are worthwhile to communicate to you and I am too busy to prioritize finding a better place in this article.

Post-Publish Addendum Number One

Something you get on your back is not for you.

It’s something you say to others.

Something you get in your chest/torso is also not for you.

The arms and front of your thighs are for you

Post-Publish Addendum Number Two

There was a tattoo that I really wanted to capture an image of a terrarium. I loved the image and…


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Hello! I build IT teams and design IT Systems for startups and nonprofits. I consistently encounter the same problems, so I set out to create a series of guides to help others navigate the IT Ecosystem. You can learn more about my philosphies via my website dave-bour.com or via my weekly newsletter.

Why Incorporate Strategic Planning?

Regardless of scale, a well executed strategic plan can be beautiful. You may be assembling 10+ large scale IT initatives over the course of 2 years or deploying a massive single sign-on initiative within 3 months. When things come together and it “just works” or you’ve successfully anticipated…


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Hello! I build IT teams and design IT Systems for startups and nonprofits. I consistently encounter the same problems, so I set out to create a series of guides to help others navigate the IT Ecosystem. You can learn more about my philosphies via my website dave-bour.com or via my weekly newsletter.

By necessity, we’re all alchemists — our lives are a series of transmutation. Food into body (you are what you eat), potential energy into action, paper mache and all kinds of arts and crafts.

A large part of life — working —…


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Hello! I build IT teams and design IT Systems for startups and nonprofits. I consistently encounter the same problems, so I set out to create a series of guides to help others navigate the IT Ecosystem. You can learn more about my philosphies via my website dave-bour.com or via my weekly newsletter.

For 13 years, people have been selling me problems between the hours of 9:00a and 5:00p. …


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Hello! I build IT teams and design IT Systems for startups and nonprofits. I consistently encounter the same problems, so I set out to create a series of guides to help others navigate the IT Ecosystem. You can learn more about my philosphies via my website dave-bour.com or via my weekly newsletter.

In the past year, the US housed more startups than any other country. Abundant wealth and accumulation of resources has made the prospect of funding new ventures quite attractive, but we’ve increasingly utilized it as leverage to offset the cost of inefficiency.

When your capital is no longer…


When I interview for a new role, I expect to explain my varied work history in detail and to every person with whom I speak. While it certainly deserves some scrutiny, moving around in the startup industry has yielded unique insights into culture, mission, and what drives success.

What I’ve found is that dysfunctional trends are not always the result of intentional behavior or poor group dynamics. Rather, when influential parties are neutral or passive, the lack of positive leadership and good business practices leads to the same destination. …


Hello! I build IT teams and design IT Systems for startups and nonprofits. I consistently encounter the same problems, so I set out to create a series of guides to help others navigate the IT Ecosystem. You can learn more about my philosphies via my website dave-bour.com or via my weekly newsletter.

Often considered the least sexy of all IT endeavors, Security Trainings can sit on the ‘to-do’ list for a very long time. A barrier to checking this one off is simply figuring out what it should cover.

We’re going to tackle this in the same format as a…

Dave Bour

Building IT infrastructure and teams where there was none before. Fitness, wellness, and adventure enthusiast. Consulting + more at dave-bour.com

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