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I help managers and leaders do reasonable things that work.

Cost of Delay Due to Other Teams’ Delay, Part 5

Imagine you have a large program, where you have several teams contributing to the success of one business deliverable. You are all trying to achieve a specific date for release. One team is having trouble. Maybe this is their first … Continue reading

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Cost of Delay Due to Technical Debt, Part 4

Cost of delay part 1 was about not shipping on time. Cost of delay part 2 was due to multitasking. Cost of delay part 3 was due to indecision. This part is the cost of delay due to technical debt. … Continue reading

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Cost of Delay Due to Indecision, Part 3

In Part 1, we discussed the cost of delay of not shipping on time. In Part 2, we discussed the cost of delay of multitasking. In this part, we’ll discuss a cost of delay due to management indecision. Here’s a … Continue reading

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Cost of Delay Due to Multitasking, Part 2

In Cost of Delay: Not Shipping on Time, Part 1, I introduced you to the notion of cost of delay. I said you could reduce the cost of delay by managing your projects: have shorter projects, using release criteria, or … Continue reading

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Cost of Delay: Not Shipping on Time, Part 1

Do you know about the Cost of Delay? It’s the way to think about the revenue you can lose plus the cost of continued development. One of my managers many years ago had a back of the napkin approach to … Continue reading

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If Managers Don’t Give Performance Reviews, What Happens?

There’s a great comment to my recent Management Myth: Performance Reviews Are Useful. The writer has these questions, which I have paraphrased: 1. How do bonuses work? Here’s the problem with bonuses in a team-based organization (agile or not). How … Continue reading

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Performance Reviews Are Not Useful; Feedback Is

I have received some wonderful feedback from some of my managers. Back when I was a young engineer, one of my managers gave me the feedback at an annual review that I didn’t quite finish my projects. “Oh, you mean … Continue reading

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Public Workshops March 17, 18, 21, 2014 in London

I’m offering three public workshops this spring in London again. Monday March 17, I’ll lead an Introduction to Agile Project Management. If you are wondering, “Does my company think I’m an agile project manager?” or “What is this agile project … Continue reading

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InfoQ Interviews Posted

While I was on vacation in early January, there were two interviews posted on InfoQ: Ben Linders interviewed Esther Derby, Don Gray, and me about the Change Artistry book. I’m really pleased about the way the interview came out. Thanks, … Continue reading

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Do You Value Management?

I’ve met many managers who were in the wrong position. Sometimes, it was the Peter Principle. Sometimes, it’s managers who have been founders or who have been technically great and got promoted into management positions. Because they are so intelligent, … Continue reading

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