MPD

Manage to the End of the Project – Avoid Crossing the Desert

  Sometimes on a project, we focus on an intermediate milestone in the project, such as Beta, or first performance test, or early ship. The project team works like dogs to make that intermediate milestone. Then, there’s still the rest of the project. Uh oh. Now you’re starting to cross the desert. (Thanks to Jack …

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Start a Journal

  If you’re a project manager, a functional manager, a technical lead, or someone who wants to improve their work, start a journal or a log. When I was an engineer, I kept an engineering notebook. I discovered a bunch of ways I created the same defects. (Yes, developers create defects as they create products, …

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Mastery or Level?

  I use the CMM in my work. The CMM/CMMI is a wonderful collection of key process areas. Every product development environment can use many of the key process areas to improve their work. The keyword in that sentence is *many*, not all. When companies aim for a particular level of the CMM/CMMI, they do …

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When is a good time to call?

  If you’re like me, you work with people all over the world, never mind all over the country. I generally ask, “When is a good time to call?” before I call someone. However, some people don’t remember to ask. Or, they may remember to ask, but then forget to think about the time when …

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If we're knowledge workers, what's wrong with the delete key?

  Many companies have automated spam filters. This is a Good Thing. However, they look for certain words that have been co-opted by the pornography industry, such as Xtreme Programming (XP) and a cum laude notation on a degree. It’s not a bad thing to look for spam and remove it. It is a bad …

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