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Thoughts on “Managing” Software Development

I’ve written in the past on management and managers and you can find some of those thoughts here however I want to share some additional thoughts.  These thoughts are basically my answer to the question of: what does a Software … Continue reading

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Velocity is NOT about Productivity

I happen to participate in a couple of Lean and Agile subject matter groups on LinkedIn. This is my way of learning and sharing.  In my opinion, any serious Agile practitioner should join and participate in such types of groups … Continue reading

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Is Your Oven The Right Temperature?

A large number of organizations attempt to to have their software developments go “Agile” for a variety of reasons.  The sheer number of discussions in Agile discussion groups is a reflection of this craze. Many of these attempts fail and fail … Continue reading

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I’m a Manager, I Manage People

Ok, stop.  I mean it.  Stop this moment. Is a manager supposed to manage people?  NO. You, dear manager, are supposed to focus on creating an environment that enables people to excel at their job.  I’m not making this up. … Continue reading

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I’m a Manager, I Fix Problems

Well depending on what type of organization you are trying to help create, that could be a problem. For business agility via Agile or Lean methods (remember methods are NOT the goal) to be highly successful in an organization, the organization must … Continue reading

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Performance Appraisals – Are They Useful?

It’s that time of the year again when companies are going through their annual evaluation cycles.  Are performance appraisals valuable?  As much as I don’t like the term “performance appraisal”, I believe that the spirit of these things can provide … Continue reading

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Why You Should Offshore

We are all, to some degree, slaves to our individual opinions and I’m no exception.  However, I find it a somewhat therapeutic and mind-clearing exercise to move to the other side of the table and lend my backing and support … Continue reading

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