Category Archives: process

Planning Genius or Stupidity?

Here’s a little story of a project I was recently involved in. I always enjoy the chance to watch and learn from other people’s work, so with an external Project Manager I was looking forward to this one. Things started … Continue reading

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What Makes a Good Manager?

I have worked with many managers over the years.  Some of them I have found inspirational, others absolutely unbearable, but I’ve tried to learn from them all. So, what is it that makes a good manager? Well, here’s my 5 … Continue reading

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Risks

I remember being a technical lead on a project and working with our project manager and his newly introduced risk register.  Something bothered me about that risk register and the way it was being used and I’ve recently managed to … Continue reading

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Software Develpment and Customer Support

Here’s something that has bothered me for a while – being able to manage a software team which involves keeping on track with new developments whilst still supporting our existing customers. First, a quick look at the history of the … Continue reading

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The State of Project Management

As software project managers we have a reputation for delivering poor quality products, finishing late or over running our budget. Is this because as project managers we are deficient in some way, or is it the nature of our projects … Continue reading

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Changing Managers

As part of a very successful and growing company it has been interesting to observe and be part of the changes that have taken place. When I first became Software Development Manager I had responsibility for all aspects of our … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Projects

I’ve recently had the opportunity to be part of two similar projects each being run using a different methodology. Both projects ran for a year, with the second project a continuation of the first. Let’s look at the various aspects … Continue reading

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