A Problematic Truth: You’re Too Valuable Where You Are

“No Fred, we’re not considering you for that promotion. You’re too valuable where you are.” How many of us have heard those words, or said them at least once to our staff? Sometimes, we use the “too valuable” phrase to avoid discussing problems with a staff member, problems you can bring out in the open …

Managerial Competence: The Key to Surviving Change

by Johanna Rothman. Originally published in Cutter’s Business-IT Alignment E-Mail Advisor, April 26, 2000. In response to Jim Highsmith’s Business-IT Strategies E-Mail Advisor of 1 March, “Change Is Changing,” I’d like to ask: Is the Internet really changing everything? I’m not so sure. In the 14 February issue of *Business Week*, there was a fascinating …

Making Telecommuting Work

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It Depends: Deciding on the Correct Ratio of Developers to Testers

© 2000 Johanna Rothman. Abstract Many of us would like a precise answer to the question: “What’s the correct staffing ratio for developers to testers in my product development organization?” Usually though, the only answer is “It depends”. Your answer depends on your situation: the kind of project you’re working on, your schedule constraints, the …

How to Avoid Dead Projects

by Johanna Rothman. Originally published in Cutter’s Business-IT Alignment E-Mail Advisor, October 6, 1999. I visit many different organizations over the course of the year. As I begin working with a client, inevitably someone whispers to me, “Can you help kill my project?” I don’t normally kill projects, but some folks are so desperate to …

Align Your Staff’s Capabilities with Upcoming Projects

by Johanna Rothman. Originally published in Cutter’s Business-IT Alignment E-Mail Advisor, July 7, 1999. “There is nothing permanent except change.” — Heracleitus As our industry has changed from mainframes to client-server to distributed systems and the Web, the tools we use to develop and test our software have changed. How do we keep our staff …

Successful Engineering Management: 7 Lessons Learned

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Retrain Your Code Czar

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