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Leadership

Leadership is not given, it is taken. Leadership is not management. Leaders are born. With managers, it is a little bit different. Some managers are born, some are trained. Every person can be a good project manager if he can … Continue reading

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Are you really happy at work?

Jim Collins, in the book Good to Great suggests the following exercise: “Suppose you woke up tomorrow and received two phone calls. The first phone call tells you that you have inherited $20 million, no strings attached. The second tells … Continue reading

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Agile Pitfalls

I must admit, I really don’t get some of the scrum “naming” conventions. First of all, what’s the first association  you have in mind when you hear a word scrum? What I imagine is a bunch of big guys, heads … Continue reading

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Demo Driven Development or “Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”

Once upon a time there was a software development methodology called waterfall. People disliked it for many different reasons, but today I will only mention one in particular – that it was hard to see anything working, before it was too late. So, … Continue reading

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People before process – and what does it mean for agile manager?

Only recently I came across Jurgen Appelo’s blog and then I read his book “Agile Management 3.0”. I also went to his course and had some time to chat with him as I needed someone to talk about people management in agile … Continue reading

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Do you need Chuck Norris in your team?

If you want to test whether you have Chuck Norris in your team, how about checking this blog post first. If you recognize someone in the team that fits this description, congratulations, this blog post is for you. Chuck Norris is really … Continue reading

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Agile and outsourcing, how to make it work

When I was asked first time to start outsourcing, I really had no stomach, nor desire to prove being a big manager by traveling around, asking for reports every single day, sweating in the night from stress and frustration, and … Continue reading

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Software outsourcing dilemma

For people who have read “World is Flat” it looks obvious that in the world of internet and crowd sourcing, starting software business in the so called “low cost” countries is a logical step forward. Since intelligence, expertise and ambition … Continue reading

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How we got screwed in the first place?

The waterfall model was invented in 1970. The founding document of the waterfall model, created by Winston W. Royce, included two figures: one of the model itself and a second illustrating the major problems inherent in the model, or the … Continue reading

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How to manage agile transformation (and manage expectations)

As mentioned in the previous post, most of the agile transformations these days are “top-down”. According to Standish Group “Chaos Reports” we still have more project failures than successful projects. One of (many reasons) for this you can find in … Continue reading

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