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Management vs. Leadership (September 18, 2008)

Robert X. Cringely wrote a nice little post about Leadership recently. Everybody has lots to say on this topic – most of which is meaningless blubber – but I was particularly impressed with these little gems (emphasis added): “Manag (more...)

Service Failure (August 13, 2008)

Today I experienced something I learned about in a Services Marketing course while doing my MBA at Laurier. It’s what’s called “Service Failure.” I’m sure you’ve all experienced it one time or another. This is when a service business promises you a c (more...)

Fixed-Price Software Development (July 21, 2008)

I had been putting together some notes to write a short article about the difficulties with fixed-price software development, but Scott Ambler beat me to it. I just read his excellent piece, entitled “Is Fixed-Price Software Development Unethic (more...)

Phone vs. Email (April 6, 2008)

In the business world, there are phone people, and there are email people. I’ll admit right upfront that I’m an email person. There are situations when phone or face-to-face meetings are necessary or more appropriate, but for most day to (more...)

How to make a To-Do List work (September 5, 2007)

There’s a great little article over at What’s the next action about how to make an effective To-Do list. If you don’t find making lists effective, it might be because you’re doing it wrong! Some of the key points are:

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The Not To-Do List (August 17, 2007)

Tim Ferriss (author of the 4 Hour Workweek) recently posted a great list of “stressful and common habits that entrepreneurs and office workers should strive to eliminate.” My two favorites: 1. Do not answer calls from unrecognized phone n (more...)

The worst possible ways to manage people (April 28, 2007)

A couple of the worst possible ways you can manage people:

Ostrich mentality (a.k.a. Head in the sand): Refers to the “ignore it and it will go away” attitude. Some managers think that if they just “leave it until next week”


Software development is not like building a house (April 2, 2007)

A common problem with software development project management is that most people don’t really understand how it works. Programmers are often likened to construction workers. Managers view them as skilled labour, like a carpenter or brick-layer (more...)