“If you don’t know where you are going, you probably won’t get there.” – Yogi Berra The pager tones sounded at 2 AM. It blared “Squad 86, car accident with personal injuries on Highway 268 west of Pilot Mountain.” I don’t know how much research went into the tones, but when they sound, they can […]
Someone once asked me, “Don, what does even the wisest person overlook?” The answer was “his nose.” You can see your nose if you focus, but you generally don’t bother. You assume it’s there. Likewise, as I have gained experience in software development, I have learned that explicitly stating my assumptions keeps me from overlooking […]
Last week Mike Cottmeyer posted that People Are Messy. He gave an excellent example how two people approach and respond differently to change. I might choose different words to describe people. I definitely agree that change gets messy. Change starts getting messy when our change model doesn’t map to the reality we deal with. Three […]
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 to believe that fragmentation is due mostly to managerial sloppiness.” (pg 90). […]
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.
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 this, try that, well, how about trying something else?), upgrading a system for another client (I’ve already done three of their systems), and preparing for a class.
We recently pruned the fruit trees in the backyard. I did it by myself the previous time, and the results were, well, interesting.
As Pogo said, “We have met the enemy, and they are us.” I started writing this entry as a rant about losing a blog entry. And here I am going, “Yeah, I’ve done it too.”
I saw the forest, and all the work that needed to be done. Ed saw the trees, and noticed that our task would be easier if we could find a way to let the computer do the dull, error prone, highly repetitive tasks.