2 years, 7 months ago

Form Follows Function on SPaMCast 426

One of the benefits of being a regular on Tom Cagley’s Software Process and Measurement (SPaMCast) podcast is getting to take part in the year-end round table (episode 426). Jeremy Berriault, Steve Tendon, Jon M. Quigley and I joined Tom for a discussion of: Whether software quality would be a focus of IT in 2017 […]

4 years, 11 months ago

My Personal Productivity Approach

To be a self-sufficient contributor to an organization and/or to provide leadership to others, I feel its important to manage oneself first. I think using a formal/information system aides us in attaining clarity in our minds. That state of shoshin – a beginner’s mind ready for anything. This assertion, coupled with my own OCD around […]

5 years, 7 days ago

When Free Isn’t Better

Free is awesome. Especially at lunch. But as they say, there is no such thing as a free lunch. Giving away some of our own personal value/intellectual property is essential in winning business from others. Its the free sample at the grocery store of the warm, organic bread that lures you into buying the whole […]

5 years, 11 months ago

Life = Dojo

I studied (Okinawan Goju-Ryu) Karate not too long ago. It was perhaps the only athletic activity I every really enjoyed in my life. I because a karateka (student) in my mid-fourties. I studied at the local YMCA where my shihan held class for beginners. Beginners were age 5-n where n is something closer to my […]

5 years, 11 months ago

Deming’s 14 Points for Management and Team Development

Dr W. Edwards Deming’s work on quality control provided guidance for management and team development.  We reviewed Dr W. Edwards Deming’s work on quality control in Japan in one of my project management courses.  Deming is best known for his focus on quality and improvement.  Many of us are familiar with Deming’s Cycle for Improvement: (PDCA) […]

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6 years, 7 days ago

My Personal Toolbox

I wrote about my conversion to a Mac back in November of 2010 from my sad, pathetic existence on a Windows-based machine. I’m on my second MacBook — a MacBook Air — and I couldn’t be happier. I wanted to share some of the tools I use on a regular basis with some repeated content from that original post. […]

6 years, 14 days ago

What does Excellent look like? Improving Performance Appraisals

What does Excellent look like?  I have been doing performance appraisals over the past few weeks for my IT team at  the American University of Sharjah.   In the past, there was no guidance or standards for how to evaluate our team members’ performance consistently.   Previous appraisals were done more to make people feel […]

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6 years, 1 month ago

A Project Portfolio Management Approach

I introduced an approach to project portfolio managment (PPM) to my IT team at the American University of Sharjah.  After 9 months here, I have a real sense that we were doing too many projects for the resources that we had available.   The result of trying to do too much was that our planning […]

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6 years, 4 months ago

Implementing Organizational Structure and Focus

When I joined the IT Department at the American University of Sharjah as the Director, I was presented with an organizational structure challenge.  I found out that I had 21 direct reports and that my department did not have a concept of operational management!  I had just come from being the Manager, Business Application Services […]

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