Don't Spend, Invest

January 29, 2009 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, Project management 

There is no shortage of indicators that we are in for in for a rough stretch ahead. While there are some that are still debating whether to call what we are going through a recession or a depression, it is clear to everyone that this is no time for frivolous spending. I would argue that we should always be aware of where we spend our money, and always spend with an understanding of the return we expect. Read more


January 27, 2009 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, People 

I’m sure it happens in any industry, yet it never ceases to amaze me. Once someone gets a bit of prominence, once they have discovered the secret handshake, many people will stop questioning what comes out of their mouth (or fingertips if online), and take their missives as gospel. Crazy, but true, and costly in the technology field. Read more


January 23, 2009 by · Comment
Filed under: Agility, People, Teamwork 

 In many shops, big or small, software or otherwise, agile or traditional (as if that were a true dichotomy) we see fabulous energy in projects where people are committed to delivery. Unfortunately, in too many shops, we also see the down side of fatigue. Sometimes after the project completed (if you’re lucky), but often while the project is trying to progress to completion, the many symptoms of fatigue can have tremendous costs. Read more

Building the Faith

January 9, 2009 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, Process 

A few months back, I wrote about the need to have faith in the process that was being used to build a product. This was recently reproduced in the Cutter E-mail Advisor, and generated a question about the diagnostic I referred to, and a question about how to build that faith that I alluded to in the article. Here are a few thoughts on the topic. Read more

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