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Get Off Your Ass And Talk To Them

To preface: no, this is not dating advice. One thing I’ve noticed during my time as an engineer is an over-reliance on technology to accomplish all communication ends.  By this, I mean that an engineer will sit at their desk and exchange a series of 20+ emails and instant messages to discuss a topic that […]

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Lazy Co-workers, What Do I Do?

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Now that I’ve addressed the main addressable points about working with lazy project managers, let me leave you with some general points.  First off, if you want to (and you WANT to, I know) resolve your problems with lazy people in general, this resolution comes through direct communication […]

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Kick That Lazy PM Into Gear

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Project managers are essential to system functioning, but as I described before, some are just plain lazy!  Take a look at the post to get an idea of some problems that arise, but here, I want to discuss some strategies to deal with them. They don’t respond to requests […]

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Top Problems With Lazy Project Managers

Podcast: Play in new window | Download I’ve already discussed that project managers are a necessary addition to a development team, as well as the fact that some are overzealous, which takes its toll on the team dynamics. Today I want to discuss why lazy project managers are actually terrible and destructive additions to any development team. […]

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How To Get Your Ideas Heard

Podcast: Play in new window | Download In my prior post, I discuss some reasons and guidance on what to do if no lower level employees’ ideas get heard.  Not always is it a systemic issue, however, and I would argue that more often than not, it’s YOUR ideas that don’t get heard. Related Posts:Project […]

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Project Managers Don’t Listen To Anyone’s Ideas

Podcast: Play in new window | Download You may have the greatest ideas on the planet, but if you can’t communicate their worth, no one will adopt them.  Not always is the problem that your ideas are the best, however, and so I’m going to describe a few reasons why your “great” ideas dont get […]

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Overzealous Project Managers: Problems and Solutions

Podcast: Play in new window | Download I have worked on many projects in my time as an engineer, and in that time, I have discovered that the project manager tends to be one of the lesser liked roles in the project team.  In my previous post, I discuss the reasons why project managers are […]

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Why Do We Need Project Managers?

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Related Posts:Overzealous Project Managers: Problems and SolutionsHow To Get Your Ideas HeardProject Managers Don’t Listen To Anyone’s IdeasHow to Handle IneptitudeKick That Lazy PM Into Gear

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Tips for Engineers to Stop Underhanded Behavior

One of the biggest complaints I hear from fellow engineers is that of feature creep.  For those of you who don’t know, feature creep is the process where others in your project team, or management, get a great idea that they think would be good in your project.  They then proceed to tell the engineer […]

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Why Engineers and Managers Can’t Communicate

Hopefully, you have already read A Manager’s Focus and An Engineer’s Focus.  If not, I encourage you to do so, because the purpose of this post is to discuss why it is that engineers and managers tend to have difficulty communicating.  In fact, many times, while watching communication happening during meetings, it is fascinating to […]

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