Repairing the Fixed Price Model

September 30, 2007 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, Project management 

I’ve been working with a colleague recently, and it has been interesting to see how his company can work with clients to build software applications under the fixed price model. While it is generally the case that outsourcing is quoted on an hourly basis (because of what is seen as inherent risks in the software industry), this group is one of the few that can make a fixed price work. Read more

A Matter of Perspective

September 23, 2007 by · Comment
Filed under: Process, Project management 

I was recently working with a client that develops and deploys large-scale, complex solutions. Their product consists of custom and COTS hardware, embedded software, networks, and server-side installations. Read more

Fine Wine or Crusty Loaf?

September 16, 2007 by · Comment
Filed under: People 

I was swapping e-mail with someone recently, and in one response he lamented that his age was a factor that might make organizations less interested in him (my guess is he is a few years older than me). I know he has a similar breadth of experience as I do, having worked on the same large system as me, though at different times. He also worked with a couple of other organizations that I have dealt with as clients. Read more


September 9, 2007 by · Comment
Filed under: People 

Some things sell themselves. Tell an eleven year old that Apple has a new iPod on the market, and she’ll save her allowance money for months. The same goes for seven year old boys and Pokemon cards. If you have kids around that age, you will certainly understand where I am coming from. Read more

Being Operated On

September 2, 2007 by · Comment
Filed under: People, Project management, Teamwork 

Have you ever felt like an outsider on a project? Like you are being operated on rather than participating with everyone else? Read more

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