It’s All About People

Lately, I find myself saying a specific phrase more and more often. If we are deciding whether to take on a new project or start a complex effort, it always seems to come back to this: “Yes, if we can find the right person to do it.” I’m starting to believe more and more that […]

Good Intentions Are Not Enough, Part 3

Balancing Freedom of Motion With Guardrails Reviewing my last two blog posts, I realize I still have more to say on this topic. I am greatly challenged by this idea of guardrails and business rules. Generally speaking, I am a fan of The HP Way of management, where the idea is that you empower people […]

Good Intentions Are Not Enough, Part 2

Looking back at last week’s blog post, I realized that I’m not done talking about Good Intentions. If you can’t tell, I’m not a fan of administrative controls. If you have business rules, you can’t just tell people to follow them and expect it to happen. There will always be a moment where someone is […]

Good Intentions Are Not Enough

Looking back through my blog posts, you’ll see that I talk a lot about good developers being less about the ability to write super-awesome-amazing code and more about the attention to detail and quality. https://nuggets-knowledge.com/2021/04/25/dont-let-the-little-things-accumulate/ https://nuggets-knowledge.com/2021/02/20/building-the-habits-that-lead-to-quality/ https://nuggets-knowledge.com/2020/08/08/motivation-vs-discipline-or-i-only-want-to-do-the-fun-stuff/ The thing about this is, I figured this was more or less the known industry standard. I assumed […]

You Are Probably Busy, But So Is Everyone Else

I was working on a project one time. The project aimed to provide systems engineering, architecture, integration, and test support across a large enterprise, including a portfolio of software products worked on a common platform and shared data. As you can imagine, this is a pretty big job and takes a lot of effort, and […]

Success as a Leader, Without the Ego (or, As Long as the Project is Successful, Do I Really Need to Take Credit For It?)

One interesting thing about being a leader is dealing with different types of conflicts. I’ve talked a lot about when there are various aspects or different goals that directly contradict each other. How do you deal with that healthy tension between different competing priorities? The reality is that we all have our personal goals. But […]

Help! I’ve Painted Myself Into a Corner!

I’m sure everyone here has heard the expression, “Painted myself into a corner.” The idea is supposed to be that you are in a place where you have no choice but to make a specific decision or perform a specific action, whether you want to or not. Well, as you’ve no doubt figured out by […]