Getting Things Done: Update

Chris Sells pinged me today to ask about GTD.  Actually, it was kind of funny… he sent me an email with the subject line “You’ve done this, what can you tell me?“  And the body was a link.  That’s it.  When I first saw the subject line I thought it was spam, or even <gasp> porn spam. …

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Decision Trade-offs

As I was catching up on my reading last night, I found this post .  Peter Torr was talking about “always making the wrong decision”, and asking for forgiveness in advance for making *someone* unhappy when their project is released.  (Peter works on the Visual Studios Tools for Office team.  In his post he also mentions a number of his teammates who are also…

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Other Interesting Webcasts coming up

I thought I would point out a few more upcoming webcasts that look pretty interesting to me: Microsoft Executive Circle Webcast: The Project Management Office Evolution Microsoft Executive Circle Webcast: Understanding the Value of Productivity and Collaboration using SharePoint Technologies  (multiple sessions available) MSDN Webcast: InfoPath Architecture and Form Design MSDN Webcast: Integrating InfoPath with SharePoint…

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The rule of 3

Remember to apply the rule of three with decision-making. If you don’t have three valid options, (one of which might be to continue on) you don’t understand the problem. If you think your only option is to maintain the status quo, you’re not working to the best of your management ability. Make sure you think…

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When to outsource

David Anderson quotes an answer by his boss on outsourcing at an all hands meeting.  We will outsource when there is no knowledge associated with an activity, such as repetitive execution of test plans. We will not outsource where there is knowledge to be gained and retained such as writing test scripts or programming automated…

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Agile methods for assessing progress

Robert Martin points out that the important thing about Agile methods is that they produce real data, and data is what you need in order to really know where you are.  Compare that to how most software projects are run. They begin with a date. Let’s not kid ourselves, all projects start with a date — probaly…

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