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Do Not Disturb: Working

December 28th, 2010 Posted in Software Engineering, Team Management | Comments »

Jason Fried gives a talk entitled Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work. He presents his observation that people feel more productive when they work at places other than their office, into which companies invest heavily with the hope of maximizing worker productivity. He concludes that people find other places for work more conducive to productivity, […]

Problem Reports

March 31st, 2010 Posted in Software Engineering, Team Management | Comments »

The responsibility of a project’s outcome is shared between developers and managers. Developers depend on managers to effectively manage projects, and managers depend on developers to provide reports that serve as the basis of project management decisions. Possibly due to insufficient transparency, a problem may be detected after attempting to use a fully implemented and […]

Viewing More Work with Multiple Displays

January 16th, 2009 Posted in Team Management | Comments »

A news story at The New York Times, Boss, I Need a Bigger Screen. For Work Efficiency, of Course., professes the benefits of using multiple displays or a bigger screen while computing. The article’s writer, Farhad Manjoo, points to research at the University of Utah that observed a 44% increase in productivity when multiple bigger […]

Searching for a 2008 Wall Calendar

December 19th, 2007 Posted in Team Management | Comments »

The year is almost over, and I’ve been searching through the usual office supply stores for a type of calendar. I saw a vertical year planner, similar to this during my last trip to Germany. I thought that something like this could be found easily at my local store, but neither nor seem […]

Effects of Explosions on Schedule Goals

May 7th, 2007 Posted in IT Administration, Team Management | 1 Comment »

The completion of a task was scheduled for 3:30pm. We have been pretty good at estimating the time that tasks require, and we have exercised practices that helped ensure that we meet our schedule predictions. We were fairly confident that we were going to complete our task at the desired time, until the lights flickered […]