Competence in Context

Bob Lee & Keith Ray both commented on my post comments on my post Unskilled and Unaware of It. Bob says: The other interesting point in the article is that competent people *assume* that others are as competent. “It’s easy (for me) so it must be easy...

Unskilled and Unaware of It

Stephen Norrie (an avid and well-organized collector of articles related to software development, technology, business and humans) pointed me to this study: Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One’s Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated...

You know who you are (unless you don’t)

Alan Francis writes about programmer productivity in a piece titled you know who you are:More from Steve McConnell’s After The Gold Rush 2nd Ed – http://www.stevemcconnell.com/SoftFactors.pdfThe range in productivity says that some programmers are much...

Beliefs, Identity, and Projects

Dale Emery makes a thoughtful response to my post Projects that will not die on his weblog : Success, Belief and Identity . Our mental models, beliefs, and sense of self do play a big part in how we see the world. what we see in the world, and how we respond when...

Projects that will not die (but are never going to deliver)

I came across this article on Stephen Norrie’s blog: HBS Working Knowledge: Leadership: When Bad Ideas Won’t Die Why do smart companies put so much energy into doomed products? University of Paris-based Isabelle Royer tackles this thorny issue in this...

Shooting Yourself in the Foot

I’m back from speaking at SD West, where I met several project managers who were promoted on the “Coder on Tuesday, Project Manager on Wednesday” program (similar to the “Coder on Monday, Manager on Tuesday” program). Expect to hear more...

Advice for the Interupt-driven

Two recent posts (Focus, Focus, Focus and Breakthrough Thinking on Worker Productivity) talk about the effects of multitasking and interruptions. Spread a person across 4-5 tasks and interrupt her with phone calls, drop-ins, emails, beeps, and meetings and pretty soon...

Focus, Focus, Focus

Bouncing off the evils of multitasking, C. Keith Ray (who just started his own blog) has this to say about how pair programming can counter some workplace interruptions: Two effects pair programming has on tasking… in my experience… It keeps the people...

Why Ask Why (When other questions will work so much better)?

Yesterday after work, my spousal unit and I started our usual how-was-your-day ritual. He reported on a project he’s just started and a meeting with a colleague from a previous job. I told him about the article I’m editing and a conversation I had with a...

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