Archive for the ‘Program Management’ Category

Balancing Teamwork and Individual Recognition

January 4th, 2012 1 Comment

In today’s workplace, there is an ever-increasing emphasis on teamwork. However, the economy is harsh and competition is fierce. In many companies where job seniority is not a factor, the system is set up to compare employees against one another. Ranking sessions determine your bonuses, salaries, promotions – or even whether you’ll keep your job. It is no longer adequate to just do your job well, or even very well. But how do you stand out as an individual contributor,

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Risk-taking and the “Freedom to Fail”

January 5th, 2011 1 Comment

“Take calculated risks–that is quite different from being rash.” General George S. Patton Especially in high-tech, progress is made only by taking risks. Taking a risk implies the possibility of partial or complete failure. So how can we decide what risks to take, and how can we encourage the identification of those risks and the willingness to go forward with them, i.e., institute a culture of risk-taking? One of the most important factors in encouraging risk-taking is the “freedom to

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Agile Methods and Process/Quality Standards

June 15th, 2010 No Comments

In a nutshell, agile methods give the development team a great deal of freedom as to what activities to carry out; if they choose activities, including documentation and review/approval, that conform to the standard, then they can claim conformance and obtain any certification that may be available.

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