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Getting a Grip on Priorities

Getting a Grip on Priorities

Often organizations can find themselves under a mountain of requests and they can’t see the forest from the trees. It’s overwhelming and management may not know where to start – so they don’t, and what ends up happening is the organization becomes short sighted. Meaning that priorities are a reaction to today’s biggest issue, efforts are directionless, and most requests are escalated up the management change. Vision...

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The development guestimate and the business actual paradox

The development guestimate and the business actual paradox

Michael Wolfe on Quora posted an amazing analogy explaining why software development estimates are routinely way off, which results in developers padding their estimates to factor in the fudge of such inaccuracies. Another thesis I’ve been pondering over lately are the terms “Software Engineering” and “Computer Science”, which imply that software development is purely scientific and engineering in nature. Most colleges run those programs...

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Notes from The Effective Executive

Notes from The Effective Executive

I recently listened to the audiobook to Peter Drucker’s book entitled the Effective Executive. Here are my key take aways as to what makes an executive effective. They ask what needs to be done? Do not ask “what do I want to do?” Concentrate on just one task, two at most, and never more than two at a time. Set priorities and stick to them. After completing tasks 1 and 2, instead of moving on to number 3 ask again what...

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Discover the business before you scale the business

Discover the business before you scale the business

Was watching this short discussion panel regarding strategic advice from Angel investors (Ron Conway and Mike Maples) to start-ups. Here are some take aways: Keeping your burn rate extremely low buys the company the added probability of getting lucky. The luck from a low burn rate comes from having the cash to experiment with various ideas until you find the right model/combination/technique/strategy. Whereas with a high burn rate,...

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Communication tip – keep it as short as possible with executives

Communication tip – keep it as short as possible with executives

Have you ever cleared your inbox down to zero? It’s the elusive dream we all hope to one day achieve. One of the challenges we face in this information overloaded work culture of ours is that the sheer volume of information requires constant grooming, categorization, and prioritization. Consider that your manager is probably getting about 5X-10X more email than you as they’re cc’d on every discussion, decision, and...

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A managers take on the state of CF

A managers take on the state of CF

I recently wrote an article for RIARockStars regarding my take on the CF ecosystem and my challenge as a manager to find talented CF developers – along with some our hiring strategies to work around that. I’ll follow up soon with a follow up post more focused on putting together a hiring strategy for managers of Flex and ColdFusion developers. …read the full article...

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