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Designing for Your End Users, Not Yourself

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As developers, we take a great deal of pride in our work. Most of it is entirely unnoticed by the people that use what we have spent hours building and designing: the end users. That really cool, almost poetic, bit of code we wrote? They don’t see it. They click a button, and the thing works. That’s what they care about. As a developer, that’s what you care about. It needs to just work.

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People Aren’t Motivated by What You Might Think…

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By Daniel H. Pink

Original Source: The RSA Animate: ‘DRIVE – The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us’

Do You Suffer from ‘Impostor’ Syndrome?

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Arrogance is not inspiring. But why is arrogance common on I.T. project teams? Why do self-proclaimed experts abound, even though we know this is poisonous on a high-knowledge project? Jeffrey Way has an explanation …
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Lessons Learned about Project Management Offices

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If you’ve ever been in a management or leadership role on a project  (and yes, there is a distinction between management and leadership), I’m sure this list will resonate with you. This is a compilation of published Lessons Learned by Derry Simmel, a North Carolina project manager.

These are the 10 most common Lessons Learned by enterprise project teams, as reported and published by their PM Offices.

1. The people we had were great; there just weren’t enough of them.
2. We left management and planning unattended for too long.
3. Unclear roles and responsibilities led to confusion and loss of precious time.
4. We had the most success when we were all informed.

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The Programming Life Cycle

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Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

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Culture is the attitudes, the expectations, and the relationships that define a community. Culture is human inertia in its living form, something that you cannot directly control, but it is very real, very substantial, and often more powerful than any corporate strategy you can narrate.

I’m thinking of a personal example when I was managing a recreational dragon boat paddling team some years back. Some of the core members were interested in moving to a higher level of performance, but felt that most of the crew was interested in beer-league level of play. After much discussion, the informal leaders within the crew decided that we should implement performance metrics, and actually use scientific measures on the ergometer and time trials on the individual outrigger hulls.

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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

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Patrick Lencioni is a consultant with some sage thoughts on group performance. Patrick suggests that there are 5 dysfunctions that are common to project teams and sports clubs:

1) Absence of Trust.
2) Fear of Conflict.
3) Lack of Commitment.
4) Avoidance of Accountability.
5) Inattentiveness to Results.

Sound familiar? Join us after the cut for more details…

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‘Busy’ Is Not a Badge of Honour.

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When people ask you how work is, do you reflexively respond ‘work is busy’?  While you likely have many outstanding tasks on your plate and projects that need your diligent attention, ask yourself these two questions:

1) Is ‘being busy’ part of your self identity?

2) Does ‘being busy’ mean that you are also productive?

Paul Andrew, a blogger with theLeadershipCoach.com, suggests that if being busy = part of your self concept, then something is amiss.

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