O is for… Options

When your project, or indeed life is getting you down, always remember you have options. Even when it may seem like you have no choice in something, believe us, you do. You perhaps just need to briefly take a step back from the coal-face and think bigger, or wider, or longer term. Some people seem… Continue reading O is for… Options

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U is for… Unavoidable

You may find yourself in the situation where something bad is going to happen and it appears to be unavoidable. You need to do two things: Check that it is indeed unavoidable. Don’t take other people’s word for it, it’s your project; make sure there’s nothing you can do. Go through your available options. You… Continue reading U is for… Unavoidable

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Z is for… Zero-cost

In the world of software delivery, nothing is for nothing. This is a key principle you absolutely need to get embedded into all of your team at an early stage in the project. It’s well worth taking the time to make sure, as it will potentially payback big-time in the long term. The assumption is… Continue reading Z is for… Zero-cost

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K is for… Kicking (giving)

As mentioned previously, there are times in your career where you will, sometimes through no fault of your own, be on the receiving end of a kicking. Conversely, there will be times when you find yourself in the position of being able to give one out. This will be a true test of your mettle… Continue reading K is for… Kicking (giving)

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Q is for… Question Everything

It should go without saying, but I’ll say it anyway; question everything. Whether it’s quotes from suppliers, statistics from your techies, reasons (or excuses) for issues from others involved in your project, you should check for the facts. The more confident you can be in the information you have to hand, the more in control… Continue reading Q is for… Question Everything

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J is for… Jargonaut

Have you been in a meeting and someone starts using buzzwords when they speak? Do they use them repeatedly, even stringing them together to draw attention to their awareness? Do they use them out of context? If so, you may be in the presence of a Jargonaut. These guys fiegn knowledge of a subject by… Continue reading J is for… Jargonaut

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G is for… Grunt

Not everyone can be a star, and there are many people who do just fine not being a star. They don’t crave the limelight, they don’t particularly want the attention, they just do a good, solid job and are happy that you thank them for doing just that. These kind of people are essentially your… Continue reading G is for… Grunt

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R is for… Railroader

The railroader is the kind of person that will use his personality and blind determination to force his ideas through, regardless of other popular, or learned opinion. You’ll easily be able to classify a Railroader when you encounter one, they typically talk over other people, usually starting when the have a grasp of an idea… Continue reading R is for… Railroader

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X is for… Xenophobia

To offshore or not to offshore: that is the question. If you’ve worked any length of time in IT and/or worked for any of the larger companies, the subject of offshore will have undoubtedly come up. The bean-counters love the idea of offshore. Usually with the disheartening cry, “It’s so cheap. The rates are less… Continue reading X is for… Xenophobia

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S is for… Surely

“Surely” is a word that should not be in the vocabulary of the vigilant Project Manager. Uttering phrases like, “Surely the customer knew we would…” or, “Surely the software is able to…” or even, “Surely they don’t expect…”, means you have made assumptions. When you make assumptions you are leaving yourself open to all sorts… Continue reading S is for… Surely

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