The Project of France

June 28, 2009 by · Comment
Filed under: Project management, Teamwork 

We’re ramping up for an extended trip to France, the first trip that the kids will have been overseas. This turns out to be a great opportunity to apply some of the tools of the PM trade. Read more

Feet to the Fire

June 21, 2009 by · Comment
Filed under: Agility, Project management, Teamwork 

In recent years, there have been several movements in software development that would suggest that we wait until the latest possible moment to make decisions, so as to avoid or delay the associated costs of change that would seem inevitable if we decide too early. Read more

Stepping on Toes

June 13, 2009 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, People 

I spend a lot of my time in front of a classroom of adults, or presenting on topics to a group of often seasoned practitioners. Over the years, I have come to form a number of opinions that, shall we say, deviate slightly from the commonly accepted way of thinking. Put these two together, and I am finding that I sometimes step on a few toes. Read more

Don't Get Railroaded

June 11, 2009 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, People, Teamwork 

In any project, there are bound to be different opinions, as each of us brings different perspectives and experiences to the table. Many of these different opinions can easily be resolved through exploration, but some will flare into conflict. While some are warranted, based on different technical perspectives that need to be reconciled, others will be based on issues that fall outside the technical domain. When that is the case, we need to be careful to ensure that we don’t make a rash decision. Read more

Finding Time

June 1, 2009 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Agility, People 

I spent a couple of days last week up in Campbell River, working with a group at their very isolated location there, going through tips on personal productivity. Whenever I run that program, I am reminded of tips that I had forgotten myself, and get a bit of a boost myself. Read more

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