Tech needs better leaders

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Picking up sports when you're out of shape is uncomfortable. You really don't want to be the old guy with the beer belly in the gym. You don't want to...

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Focused Goals

A new project starts with a slide deck. We'll think about the details of our problem, come up with a solution and present a high-level plan. The board agrees and...

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Consultancy 419

If you're in the corporate software development space, you've heard about the Hertz / Accenture lawsuit. It's an Enterprise-class nightmare where more than 30 million dollars were burned on a...

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Scope is a lie

Software engineers learn early on that building stuff means taking little steps at a time. Once you get into the profession, that means tickets. Whether you're doing Scrum or Kanban,...

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Complexity costs.

If there is one thing I wish this industry would understand better, it’s the cost of adding complexity. We train our analysts to describe what to build. We teach our...

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Agiletology

Agile is not a religious cult. We don't have High Priests that preach our dogmas. We don't quote wisdom from books that everyone pretends to have read. To become one of...

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Lean and slow.

Large enterprises are unwieldy. Their people might be competent and their visions might be sound, but turning around the proverbial tanker takes time. Libraries have been written about change management and...

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Process > plans

When training for any sport, consistency is key. Amateur judoka will count their wins. Professionals will focus rigorously on their technique. A beginning football player goes home disappointed that he didn't...

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Definition of Don’t

Waterfall teams that finally get some customer feedback are usually in for a rude awakening. All of a sudden, people start to complain. Quality is low and the scope is...

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The curse of middle management

In a not so distant past, I was a project manager. I scoped projects, cleared the way for my team and solved problems when they arose. And boy, did they arise. I used...

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