Introducing 5marbles

My new software-development shop will build neat things.


For a long time now, I’ve counted on income from several different sources. In no particular order, these planks in my platform were my full-time teaching gigspeaking, writing, book sales, and consulting.

In August, I sold Motion Publishing to Courtney Logan. To be sure, I had learned a great deal about the publishing industry since forming the company in 2010, but I had taken it as far I could. I suspected that I would start another side project at some point but I didn’t know what or when.

Now I do.

The New Venture

Today I am excited to announce the launch of my new software-development outfit 5marbles. The company will build databases, mobile applications, and websites using Agile methods—specifically Scrum. I’ve been teaching Scrum at ASU as part of the capstone course in information systems (CIS440) and even using it as part of a separate project that I’m currently managing for the university. Tools such as Slack, Trello, and others dramatically improve transparency, communication, collaboration, and other issues that hamper most IT projects. (I really wish that these existed during my ERP consulting days.)

The 5marbles’ team and I can’t wait to see where this goes. To read more about what 5marbles will do, click here.




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