Measuring Productivity: More Difficult for Managers

Jack has an intriguing post, The fun of productivity measures. He ponders how to measure knowledge workers. For software project teams, it’s easy: the number of running, tested features over time. The features have to be complete. No partial credit for partially...

Catching Up is Not Possible

I’ve been sick for weeks, and am finally coming out of it to be close to healthy. (I was still coughing in the 8-degree Fahrenheit cold leaving the gym. Oh well.) One of the problems is that my work doesn’t stop if I’m sick. I bet yours doesn’t...

Esther's Insights re Specialists and Generalists

Esther has insights, Specialists AND Generalists, on Why Projects Don’t Need Specialists. Her point, that people tend to coalesce around their interests, and that as specialists, they may not share interests, is something I have also seen on projects. As Esther...

Inbox Zero is Hard for Me

This year, after I archived my last year’s inbox, I decided my email problem was getting worse, not better. “I’m Johanna Rothman, and I have a problem collecting email in my inbox.” I decided to make an effort, one day at a time, to get to zero...

Why Projects Don't Need Specialists

I taught several PM workshops last week in Israel. The Israeli project managers have the same concerns that my US students do–it’s difficult to imagine moving to Agile or even just integrating agile methods into your project if you have specialists....

Measuring Productivity #3: Possible Measurements

  The zeroth measure of productivity is showing up. Sorry I haven’t been showing up, but I have to admit, sleeping is good Ok, back to business. When I tried to calculate productivity of a team, here’s what I measured for one team over the course of...