Category Archives: Team

What to look for in a boss

Most people don’t often get the chance to interview or pick their next boss. It has actually happened to me a few times in my career. The first time, I had no idea what to look-for, or what to ask. … Continue reading

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Raising over-performers

Years ago, I was in a company that wrote software for other companies. We had a great reputation and our sales reps were doing a great job at bringing us more work to do. It didn’t take long for my … Continue reading

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Why your projects don’t seem to get “done” (part 3)

Okay, so let’s say that you are a shrewd manager, and you are certain that your requirements are crystal-clear, your scope is contained, and yet, stuff isn’t getting “done”. In that case, part 1 & part 2 (of this article) … Continue reading

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Why communication is hard, and what to do about it

I know IT folks sometimes seem under-socialized and (to varying degrees) awkward. However, they don’t have the market-cornered on communication problems. Gosh, just turn on any TV sitcom and you will probably see people who are having conflicts because they … Continue reading

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How to get people to follow a process

Years ago, I worked on a team who was making an online trivia game. The concept was a very brilliant solution to a common problem. The customer was a huge company who processed credit applications for car purchases. Their financial … Continue reading

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How your processes save your backside

When you have a well-defined process, it can be tedious at times. Sometimes you even want to throw unpleasant terms on it, like “bureaucracy”. Bureaucracy sounds nasty. I’m trying to think of someone who could make it sound palatable. Maybe … Continue reading

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Training your manager

Disclaimer: This is not about my current workplace. This is about all workplaces. Whether you are a team lead, software architect, PM or a junior developer, you count on your team for stuff. Maybe if you are a one-man-team, you … Continue reading

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