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What’s In Your Methodology?

Test Driven Development promotes the idea of understanding what you are trying to build before you start building it, according to Walter Capitani, product manager for Klocwork at Rogue Wave. “It exposes weaknesses in requirements, in the architecture, and even in your test infrastructure before...
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Take Your Moonshot

“We grew up,” says Verily Chief Executive Officer Andy Conrad. The middle-aged geneticist has adopted the Silicon Valley T-shirt and-flip-flops wardrobe of eternal youth, but he’s given up on a lot of the jargon, including Google’s onetime favorite word. Like some other Alphabet holdings, 500-staffer...
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Preparing To Manage A Trillion-Dollar Mistake

According to a Pentagon history of the F-35, Darpa quietly sought assistance from a research and development arm of Lockheed Martin known as the Skunk Works. By the early 1990s, the Darpa-Skunk Works collaboration had produced preliminary concepts, and the Marine Corps began pressing Congress...
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Don’t set a deadline

The first idea is to change your goal structure: don’t set a deadline, set a schedule. Rather than set a goal to read X number of books by the end of the year, set a schedule of when you’ll read. For example, you’ll read 20...
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Make A Plan

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” — Benjamin Franklin “If you are failing to plan, you are planning to fail.” — Tariq Siddique Well, it is the New Year in many parts of the world, so why not make a plan for the...
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Overcoming Bounded Rationality

Then there are the limits on our abilities to make good decision.  Due to constraints on cognitive abilities, time and access to information as well as the interplay of emotions, humans operate under what is know as bounded rationality. This holds that even though we...
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Projects Don’t Really Exist?

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Projects don’t really exist; they’re a mental model, not an actual thing. We invented projects so that we can talk about a nebulous stream of work as if they were single blocks of time and effort. There are no projects; there are only products. The...
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Self Reporting Is Highly Inaccurate So Do This

Self Reporting Is Highly Inaccurate So Do This
[S]elf-reporting data can be very misleading.  For instance, in an Australian hospital, 73 percent of staff doctors claimed that they soaped up before interacting with patients.  But a study based on observed behavior showed that only 9 percent of them did. Stephen Dubner, Freaky Thinkers...
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We Become Sloppy With Too Much

We Become Sloppy With Too Much
Everything looks exceedingly complicated. Srouji won’t discuss costs, but Apple’s research and development expenses hit $8.1 billion last year, up from $6 billion in 2014 and $4.5 billion in 2013. Many analysts attribute the rise in large part to chip development. All Srouji will say...
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The Trouble With Targets Is Having A Target

The Trouble With Targets Is Having A Target
Whether the demand is for capping the rise in Earth’s temperatures, creating therapies to halt  memory loss in the elderly or expanding farm output to meet the world’s growing population, the answer is the same: Set targets. The urge to target is varied and insistent...
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Management By Meeting With Everyone

Management By Meeting With Everyone
I’m meeting with every employee in the company, one on one.  I’m trying to gain an understanding of what they do, why they came here, what they love, and what we could do better. Once I get that data absorbed and collected, we’ll more clearly...
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Why Top Management Approval Is Not Enough

Why Top Management Approval Is Not Enough
“It’s naive to think that three presidents and three U.S. military services would have spent so many billions of dollars on a program that doesn’t work, “ [Loren Thompson, chief operating officer of the Lexington Institute who has worked as a consultant for Lockheed] said....
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