Project managers have a stakeholder management problem. Or, to be more precise, they have a problem with a lot of stakeholders who endlessly resist being managed. So why the gap? Where did it come from? How did it all get this ugly? And what's to be done about it?
There are so many people relying on us and what we have to tell them. In communicating with customers, we strive to make them content since happy customers tell five friends of their experience--but unhappy customers tell 10.
What is the true cost of too much multitasking? Is there even a cost? Or is the ability to multitask just plain expected as you advance through the software development career path? Learn what steps to take so that you and your team can become more effective at focusing on getting to "done”.
You know how you feel when you have a ‘light bulb’ moment, when suddenly the solution to a problem becomes crystal clear. What if those were regular occurrences instead of elusive moments? Here is how to eliminate three bad habits (often mistaken as qualities) that can cloud your thinking and decision-making skills.
Just being an expert on agile and focusing on delivery of “working software” doesn’t necessarily guarantee success. This article shows tips and techniques for those of you struggling with getting your team and your company to adopt agile.
Everyone should aim to increase their knowledge and remain up to date with the latest practices. This is key for career progression and personal growth. Review what you have learned before, find some re-usable material from colleagues, forums and other sources of knowledge such as conferences. This is how “reinventing the wheel” is of real benefit.
Dr. W. Edwards Deming is famous for his 14 Points, also known as the Obligations of Management. But he is less well known for his enumeration of the Seven Deadly Diseases. This is the second article in a series regarding the Seven Deadly Diseases and how timeless and applicable they are in process improvement efforts as well as project management methodology.
"Impartial observers from other planets would consider ours an utterly bizarre enclave if it were populated by birds, defined as flying animals, that nevertheless rarely or never actually flew. They would also be perplexed if they encountered in our seas, lakes, rivers and ponds, creatures defined as swimmers that never did any swimming. But they would be even more surprised to encounter a species defined as a thinking animal if, in fact, the creature very rarely indulged in actual thinking."