I recently found myself doing a lot of stupid things, in rapid succession, so I thought I’d jot down a few “do not” style commandments. The context here is software development 🙂 Do not develop a subsequent feature, until the previous feature is in production use. Do not code a feature that seems odd toContinue reading “Do Not…”
Talk about how it’s going. What else we could do?Think about next steps. How could technology help?Tap tap tap. The developers bang away on their keyboards.Try it out. What do you think? Is this better?Turn it to production for end users.
I was recently asked an uncomfortable question: “I already gave you this information, why are we meeting again?” Ouch. The truth hurts. I had made a mistake. Hint: my mistake is the last item in this list. TL;DR: When inviting people to cooperate on a task, make sure you invite everybody who is involved. DifferentContinue reading “Include Everyone”
Once you can do your old job without even needing to keep a to-do list, then it’s time for a new job.
I’ve been using an email strategy for quite some time now. I make folders for every topic, many with sub topics, and put all the email I receive into them. All the mail I send is also in those same categorized folders. MS Outlook has a handy option that lets you keep reply emails inContinue reading “Email Strategy: Delete”
Resistance pushes back against documenting through our fear of showing off our dismal status quo. Document fearlessly. If there is a secret on ramp other than the “required” in box, then document it. If there’s three ways of challenging the “final” status, document those. If there is no process to track the work, and customersContinue reading “Document Reality”
In a Palo Alto restaurant in January 1990, John Sculley and I have what turns out to be our last dinner together as fellow Apple employees…with the VP of HR in attendance. Over dessert, Sculley asks me what I think of his performance as Apple CEO, do I trust his decisions, think he’s leading theContinue reading “50 Years In Tech. Part 13: Firing Frankness”
When you’re a commodity, you’re always in a pricing race to the bottom. It just so happens that commodity programmers have a high bottom. For now. https://daedtech.com/you-should-change-the-reason-people-pay-you/#more-11396
Most self-employed people get caught in the delegation trap. You’re so busy, doing everything yourself. You know you need help, but to find and train someone would take more time than you have! So you keep working harder, until you break. https://sivers.org/delegate
n this article I want to explain a few things about enterprises and their software, based on my experiences, and also describe what things need to be in place to make change come about. https://zwischenzugs.com/2018/10/02/why-are-enterprises-so-slow/