December 22, 2011

Being wrong bothers most people. In fact, we all work pretty hard to avoid being wrong.  But we often are faced with so many decisions that it is hard to put the time into each of them to be sure that we are making only good decisions and no bad decisions. Not all deci...

December 21, 2011

Your boss is a little nervous about the upcoming release and wants some reassurance that things are going to go fine. You tell her, “We had 15 beta sites and they had the product for 4 months!  It is just fine.”  Should your boss be happy?

A good boss might ask how...

December 20, 2011

Do you have the guts to go it alone?  Are you willing to stand up and admit that you were wrong?  Are you willing to drive hard for what you believe in but not laud it over everyone else so that the focus is on getting it right, not giving you credit?  If you answered...

December 15, 2011

Last week I attended  a meeting of a group of IT executives that meets once a year to discuss the current on upcoming issues to managing IT.   The new mobile devices are having a profound impact on IT’s ability to do its job. Here are a couple of the more significant i...

December 13, 2011

I was in the San Francisco airport looking for a book when I came across the Steve Jobs section.  I think I saw 5 books on Steve jobs. One of them “I, Steve; Steve Jobs in his own words.” seemed like an interesting read so I bought it.  Quotes from Steve Jobs are alway...

December 10, 2011

I came into the office early the other day and “Bill” was sitting in my office waiting for me.  Bill, QA lead on the project, finally got to test the full functionality and it was bad news.  His team had stayed late the night before to double check the problematic func...

December 8, 2011

I was attending a feature set review the other day.  As usual there were two camps each with a strong attachment to their solution.  Not having a strong opinion on either side asked I, “How would someone succeed or fail with each of the options?” To my surprise, the pu...

December 7, 2011

One of the more difficult decisions in building products has to do with who should have final say on the feature set of product.  On the one hand, in the interest of clarity and speed a single Product Owner making final decisions can move quickly and provide good coher...

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