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    Vary the interviews

    I employ a variety of interview strategies, I will interview the person alone, then I will introduce the prospective employee to the more social individuals of my group (I am the manager), they will...
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    Learning and the Organization

    Learning and the Organization

    Reduce required billable hours ratio (80% or even less)
    Make time for learning and spreading what is learned
    Gamify the work and learning opportunities
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    Short Check List for Patent

    Purchase a perfect bound notebook record all future actions on the development of the product in this book. If this one gets full, get another perfect bound book volume II.
    Make note of all the...
  4. What happens when a person realizes their job will never meet their aspirations?

    What happens when a person realizes their job will never meet their aspirations?
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    Clues! Signals!

    Clues! Signals!

    This is the result of a collaboration initiated by John Cutler on Twitter with Jon M Quigley. In fact, we did this over Google docs he was accepting the changes just about faster...
  6. ISO Certification

    Hey Jeff,

    Are you interested in the certification, or directing your company to a level of performance that is repeatable and of a certain standard or level of performance. For example, if you...
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    When it comes to change

    I entirely agree with your comments below. In my experience, even the demonstration of the reasons for and benefits of, are often not sufficient to alter the course. I have been part of top down...
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    Don't show your product until or unless

    Do not show your product until you have some level of formalism around the intellectual property (provisional patent) or submitted the patent itself. The reason is, the product out in the world...
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    Intellectual Property

    Documentation

    Intellectual property generation starts long before the patent submission, and this up front work is more about future possibilities. This will be required in the case of any other...
  10. Testing, Requirements and Defect Reports

    There has been a question on twitter that I find interesting and have seen a few times in the real world.

    Requirements only cover so much of the product performance. Testing only to requirements...
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    Poll: Developer tested or Test group tested

    I would like to explore what others think of the need for a separate test group from the development group. The benefit of developers testing, is the level of documentation and reduction of...
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    Working from home Pros and Cons

    I have been working from home in a variety of capacities as well as variation of time (for example, some jobs work from home 1 or 2 days a week to where nearly 90% of my time is working from home). ...
  13. Will Do.

    Thank you Cressman, I will do just that

    Jon
  14. Manager compare to team/individual contributor - continued

    I think there are more to list than what @johncutlefish I add a few more here

    Management Track

    Need to achieve
    Preparation for retirement or second career
    ego
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    Expectations of the Team

    Expectations of Contractors and Engineers

    Written by Steven G. Lauck & Jon M. Quigley

    To ensure the team is working from the same set of expectations, we may develop a document or set of...
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    Distributed team and Kanban

    If you have a distributed team, and are using kanban as the project management methodology this tool, Trello, could be an interesting tool for the work. Trello allow you
    set the definition of the...
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    GANTT Project Tool

    I like this Gantt chart building tool. Those of you that are using excel to build your Gantt charts for your projects, this tool is a perfect substitute. This is a free tool with all of the...
  18. Tool that can help capture and spread information to your teams

    I have used this tool in the past to capture specific activities and actions taken. This tool can be set up by processes in your organization, or specific knowledge areas, and I have also seen it...
  19. Agile and Conventional Project Stories for a Book

    Hello all,

    We are working on a new book, that includes agile and conventional project approaches. The material will review each approach, review the benefits and downside to each as well as...
  20. Distributed Development and Testing

    I would also make sure you have a common view of the severity scale for the fault reporting work. This can be by class (such as A, B, C) or by points, but there must be a way to articulate the...
  21. Distributed Development

    This is truly between the rock and the hard place. I have a few questions and then some thoughts.


    Are you able to see the fault or defect reports from the test group as the defects are...
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    Homegrown Cost Reduction Methods

    There are a number of cost improvement approaches that are not overly complicated and will still produce interesting results. What approaches do you use?


    Brainstorming
    Mind mapping
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    Poll: Is it ever good to....

    It is clear to me that some people think an agile approach means you can willy-nilly delete things in the process. This is also true for conventional project, but I do not think for the same reasons....
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    When exception becomes the typical.

    You will find this very difficult to believe, but I recently had a discussion with a person working at another company. This person is responsible for the statistical analysis of the work that other...
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    What is the cost of Saving The Day

    What happens to the organization's culture when we routinely reward Herculean efforts that save the day rather than developing strategies that may provide more of a work life balance and improved...
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