Category Archives: Software Projects

How to be a Remarkable Project Manager

Here are notes from my talk at Spark Conference 2015. Enjoy! I broke my talk down to the following four areas. Self-Improvement One of the best investments we can make is to understand ourselves. Focus on figuring out your Top 3 … Continue reading

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Tips for better decision making

As I wrote my last post about the psychology of decision making, I started thinking about some tips that I could share about decision making. As I formulated some of the tips, I realized that Scott Berkun’s checklist captures the essentials quite well. … Continue reading

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Psychology of decision making

One key aspect of software projects is the ability to make good decisions. At the project management level, there is a healthy tension between what can be delivered, by whom, and when (with budgets looming in the background!). Even architects, … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned from Goal Setting .. Stories from Success

In my previous blog post, I looked at my failures around goal setting and discussed behavioral patterns I felt were the root causes for my failures. In this post, I will write about behavioral patterns that led to my success … Continue reading

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Root cause of software project failure

While reading Glen Alleman’s blog, I came across an article in CrossTalk – The Journal of Defense Software Engineering – that discusses the core problem of project failure. The article was titled, Knowledge: The Core Problem of Project Failure. I … Continue reading

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You get what you ask for!

I had a discussion with an acquaintance recently and the discussion reinforced some of the lessons that I have learned in my own professional career. The acquaintance mentioned an application that they had developed in the past year. The application … Continue reading

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Hidden Assumptions in a Project Schedule

I got an important insight while reading the book, Roundtable on Project Management. The book contains conversations between practitioners about project management that was compiled from discussions in Jerry Weinberg’s SHAPE forum. The book filled with pragmatic advice from people who … Continue reading

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Define Reality

In the book, Leadership Is An Art, Max DePree talks about the responsibilities of a leader. Max DePree has the following to say: The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. … Continue reading

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5 Key Questions for every project

I am a regular reader and fan of Glen Alleman’s blog – Herding Cats. Glen writes an insightful blog about Project Management. Glen constantly re-iterates the 5 Immutable Principles of project management. The principles are stated in the form of … Continue reading

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Insights about Software Projects – Part 5

I am writing a series of posts that summarizes some of the insights I have gained while working in the Professional Services/IT Consulting world. My goal with this series to increase awareness of important aspects of projects, promote improved thinking … Continue reading

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