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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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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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The Dangers of Feature Creep

Podcast: Play in new window | Download   In my prior post, Beware, Feature Creep Has Downsides, I discussed the implications of feature creep that would be of concern to managers in relation to time and money expenditures.  I’m going to delve a little bit further here to discuss employee engagement and something to think […]

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Beware! Feature Creep Has Downsides!

Today, I want to talk a bit about feature creep.  First off, let me say that I’m going to be performing my own voluntary feature creep in this post by adding a podcast version and a video one.  Take a look at the next post once it’s up and I’ll do a vid for the […]

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Hiring and Keeping Good Engineers (part 2)

And so begins the second half of the post.  If you want to go back to read the prior half, please see Hiring and Keeping Good Engineers (part 1) Related Posts:Hiring and Keeping Good Engineers (part 1)Treat Great Engineers Like GoldHow To Get Your Ideas HeardThe Dangers of Feature CreepBeware! Feature Creep Has Downsides!

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Hiring and Keeping Good Engineers (part 1)

I recently read a post by John Hunter entitled, “Finding, and Keeping, Good IT People,” and couldn’t help but think it merited some additional thoughts on the subject.  He makes a few main points in his post, namely: look at the hiring process, reduce your requirement count, treat existing staff well, and a good programmer […]

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Treat Great Engineers Like Gold

So now to the final discussion in my series.  About Great engineers!  I have been pondering this one, because, for some reason it’s the hardest to provide valuable information about.  Great engineers/employees in general are hard-working, deadline-meeting, project-churning machines that bring value to your organization consistently with a smile on their faces.  What could be wrong […]

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What Makes a Great Engineer?

So here I’ve been sitting, contemplating how to write this post, and not having any epiphanies as to how to go about it. Shy engineers are easy to discuss, assholes are equally easy.  Ineptitude was a bit ranty, though in my defense, those engineers tend to rant of their own accord, so it seemed to […]

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A Manager’s Focus

In the world of business, you can look at required tasks several different ways. At the largest scale, you can look at how a company’s stock price fluctuates with organizational decisions, ROI, Resource management and supplier/customer relations.  Each area you turn to, there are many different components which aggregate into the whole.  You can keep […]

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