Things You Know Now

     Jimmy May, aspiring geek and part time editor in chief for tagged me for Things You Know Now. The idea behind all this is sharing the lessons learned at  hard knock school of life. Or in other words it is about what would I do differently if I had a chance to rewind….


Software Release Management – The Questionnaire

    Have you been involved with Application Lifecycle Management consulting? Have you helped to build solid Release Management process? If so I need your insights. I started my research with a quick search and I have stumbled on the following article that perfectly matched my online search: 7 Ways to Improve Your Software Release Management….


"The Most Important Act In Consulting Is Setting The Right Fee."

     This is what Gerald M. Weinberg writes in his book Secrets of Consulting: A Guide to Giving and Getting Advice Successfully. The book is full of great advices to consultants like myself and to those who hire consultants.  Weinberg discusses many other topics spiced with stories from trenches. But in this post I am…


Consulting And Security Reviews – How To Get Everyone Onboard

     Security reviews are a respected methodology.  People know about them, and probably use them semi-regularly. Ask anyone if security reviews are important, and they would all say yes.  Ask them if they do it regularly, and most would say no. Related Materials Three Laws Of Consulting By Gerald M. Weinberg Security Code Review –…


Three Laws Of Consulting By Gerald M. Weinberg

    As part of my quest to become a better consultant I am reading Gerald M. Weinberg’s book Secrets of Consulting: A Guide to Giving and Getting Advice Successfully . It is quite controversial and provocative book. At the same time Weinberg shares real world practices that help folks in the field like myself coping…


Two Crucial Lessons Every Consultant Must Learn First

     Good consultant is a leader. If not, why hire one anyway? I was reading Gerald M. Weinberg’s book Becoming a Technical Leader: An Organic Problem-Solving Approach . This is good book that helps you build technical (and beyond) leadership skills. Good consultant paves the path to an optimal solution for the problem at hand….


Seven Characteristics Of High Performing Consultant

     After I’ve read Kenneth H. Blanchard’s book Raving Fans: A Revolutionary Approach To Customer Service I fell in love with the author. The next book on my list from Blanchard was The One Minute Manager.  It was less entertaining than "Raving Fans…" book but it answered the questions I was looking the answers so…


Consultant Eaten By Sharks

     “If you swim with sharks, do not act like food” – I can crystal clearly remember that quote by Michio Kaku when he was giving a keynote during internal MS convention. It resonated with me a lot. As a consultant, I often find myself deep in the waters surrounded by sharks. Sometimes frightened to…


Seven Habits Of Highly Effective Consultants

     I was reading The Practice of Leadership blog that briefly reviewed Steven Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I like Steven Covey’s approach. In fact, I massively use Steven’s Urgent/Important quadrants to prioritize my daily work (as outlined here – Prioritize What You Do – Steven Covey Way [The Way That…


Who Wants To Be A Consultant?

     I Consultant. As part of my personal growth quest I constantly challenge myself wether consulting is my career path. These are the questions I ask myself: Do you like solving engineering problems in the field? Do you like meeting lots of different people? Do you like to be exposed to tons of technologies? Hate…