Insourcing

July 5, 2009 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: People, Teamwork 

I received an e-mail recently from someone that had taken a requirements course with me in the past. He was looking for wording to use for an RFP to bring in some external consultant to wrangle the requirements of one of their systems together. Expectations were in the 2-6 person-months range, likely a contract that would entice some of the big players to bid on the proposal. I had no suggestions that directly addressed his needs, but did have some thoughts on what could be more effective. 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

An Outdated Investment Model

February 25, 2009 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Leadership 

For a number of reasons, I believe that the model used by many venture capital firms is in dire need of a retread. While the model has shown to be profitable in the past, this appears to be more a lucky, accidental result of circumstances rather than through proactive application of sound business principles. These thoughts here are based on my somewhat limited exposure to working with venture capital firms, certainly talking to others and following the news, but also sitting down with a couple of VC’s and walking through this. Read more

What's In a Name?

January 27, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: People, Process 

One of the products I offer that has been in most demand is software requirements training. A great course to deliver, with lots of information about the things that you could do (if the situation warranted) in software projects. Certainly not dogmatic or pitching a particular approach, one of the key messages is to consider your product, culture and environment, and choose accordingly. Over the years, though, I would sometimes get some pushback along the lines of “we do hardware (or firmware, or drivers…), this isn’t relevant for us”. I disagree. Read more

Cultural Vital Signs

December 2, 2007 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, People 

Once in a while, I get the opportunity to work with a great team, in a company that ‘gets it’. Read more

Technological Heart Attack

March 18, 2007 by · Comment
Filed under: Agility, Leadership 

Whirr-click…whirr-click…barely perceptible. I wouldn’t have noticed it at all, except for the fact that I was starting to wonder whether my computer was going to wake up at all. Read more

Home Handyman Syndrome

November 12, 2006 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership 

Most people that own a home have at least one project languishing somewhere around the house. We have a few window sills that remain unfinished from a renovation started 5 years ago, there’s that stained glass project that sat around for a couple of years before my wife recently finished it. This has now become a project on my list, as I have to frame it. Read more

Debugging via the Scientific Method

March 23, 2003 by · Comment
Filed under: Agility 

I recall a time early in my career, when we spent weeks struggling in the lab to resolve a particularly nasty problem that was plaguing the serial port and drivers that we were developing. We would repeatedly think of something new to try, certain that this would be the end of our woes, only to find time and time again that we were headed back to the drawing board. Looking back, it is embarrassing that with a Physics background, I failed to apply the Scientific Method to solve the problem more quickly. Read more

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