Communication Disconnects

Communication Disconnects

© Don Gray 2007-2017 “Why doesn’t my manager listen when I explain the details?” “Why doesn’t the developer just give me what I ask for?” If you’ve ever heard these complaints—or made them–you’re not alone.  Questions like...

Context Switching – Congruent Action

Managers get a bad rap when conversation turns to context switching. Johanna Rothman indicates they may have forgotten what development is like. Tom DeMarco in Why Does Software Cost So Much (If We Did Only One Thing to Improve …) states “I’ve come...

Context Switching – The "hardware view"

I met George Dinwiddie so long ago, CompuServe ruled the online world. We participated in the Software Development Forum. He recently added to the context switching discussion. You can read George’s thoughts here. In it he states “This [hardware interrupt...

Context Switching for Fun and Profit

I recently read Johanna Rothman’s article on Context Switching. I need to let you, it just ain’t so. Context Switching is Fun! I usually have 3 or more things going on at any time. Right now I’m doing exploratory work for one client (lots of try...

Context is Everything

Today I had the opportunity to remember that “context is everything”. Hurricane Frances continues her slow crawl up the eastern United States. It started raining here in North Carolina yesterday (Tuesday 2004.09.07). This morning my radio crackled with...