Posts Tagged ‘complexity’

That Isn’t What I Expected

Adverse surprises during a team driven project are about as welcome as whooping cough at a glassblowers convention. Minimizing the opportunity for surprises comes down to how well expectations are defined at the very beginning and how well they are managed during the course of the project. Unidentified expectations are like landmines in the project […]

Essential Graphics #2

Big Data Edition Those on the Big Data Bandwagon say you can never have too much data. But if you do have too much to manage and are overloaded, you can always jump off the wagon and push. Related PostsGnuCash Reports Innovation and Limits to Growth A Modest Proposal: 2.1 A Modest Proposal: 2.0 What, […]

Agile Planning Poker has a Tell

As an exercise, planning poker can be quite useful in instances where no prior method or process existed for estimating levels of effort. Problems arise when organizations don’t modify the process to suite the project, the composition of the team, or the organization. The most common team composition for these these types of sizing efforts […]

From Gamification to Simulation: Enhancing the Transfer of Learning

Each year brings to the business world a new swarm of buzzwords. Many are last year’s buzzwords, humming the same tune at a different pitch, fighting to find new life in the buzzword-eat-buzzword business world. Others are new arrivals from beyond the information horizon. I caught one of the new ones in my net earlier […]

Why We Do What We Do

A colleague of mine is of the opinion that “we won’t have truly evolved as a species until we stop doing things simply because we can. Perhaps it is more like we won’t know we have truly evolved as a species until we stop doing things because we can.” I counter with the opinion that […]

Good Intentions, Bad Results

In The Logic of Failure, Dietrich Dörner makes the following observation: In our political environment, it would seem, we are surrounded on all sides with good intentions. But the nurturing of good intentions is an utterly undemanding mental exercise, while drafting plans to realize those worthy goals is another matter. Moreover, it is far from […]

What Language Do You Speak?

The Logitech webcam software installer doesn’t seem to know what to offer. QA and testing. Still important. Related PostsSQL Tip: Running Totals with Multiple Joins Free online education opportunity from Stanford University LinkedIn and Dunbar’s Number Cargo Cults in Management Everyone is a student, everyone is a teacher

ROWE and Formal Project Management

Reading Michelle Symonds’ article “Why Project Management and ROWE Don’t Mix” and Jody Thompson’s response, “OMG. WTF? Pt.4” left me with one conclusion. Symonds is more focused on solution whereas Thompson is more focused on selling ROWE. They both make valid points and I’ve used – even relied on – aspects of product and personnel […]

QA and Testing – The Importance of Being Thorough

QA and testing is not easy. Those who do it well deserve good pay. Those who don’t, can make life interesting for a company in unpleasant and embarrassing ways. Case in point: I subscribe to a company, called HomeAgain, which provides lost pet recovery services for people who have micochiped their pets. It’s inexpensive and […]

Frameworks, theoretically speaking…

Theoretical frameworks are defined by what they do. To understand this it can be helpful to first consider a physical framework and the ways such a structure can be applied to solving problems in the physical world. In this way, it is easier to understand how frameworks can add value to a proposed solution as […]