Engagement Beats Handoff and Jargon

October 28, 2007 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, Process, Teamwork 

Quite often when we talk about challenges in this industry, we lament that our customers don’t get it, or that those hardware guys seem to live in their own little world (that is, if we’re in software – for those in that hardware world, the shoe is often on the other foot). If we dive into the majority of those communication issues, one of the problems is that we have not really engaged with ‘the other side’ – we have been busy confusing them with our jargon. Read more

Focus On the Interfaces

October 7, 2007 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Project management, Teamwork 

Recall a while back where I wrote about a couple of training sessions in one company where there was a simulation involved, the teams building a device after spending some time working out the network of activities required to get the job done. Back then, one class managed to develop a well-conceived network but failed to accomplish the construction task, while the other managed to build the device, despite not having an end-to-end schedule. Read more

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