Archive for June, 2010

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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Baseball and BP

June 13th, 2010 No Comments

Newsweek editor-in-chief Jon Meacham asks: why can’t the Gulf of Mexico oil spill be handled more like the missed-call (non) perfect game in Detroit? The umpire admitted he blew the call, the pitcher who had his perfect game taken away shook the ump’s hand, the fans cheered, eyes grew damp. Good sportsmanship, apologies, “be honest, admit mistakes, and keep moving.” My reaction was: why wasn’t the non-perfect game handled more like the oil spill? Why didn’t the pitcher sue the

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Toyota – Communication with Employees During Crisis

June 2nd, 2010 1 Comment

During a crisis, communication becomes an even more important factor than during normal times. To encourage their teams to be successful during periods of high stress, effective managers strive to provide as much accurate information to their work groups as possible. They hold regular communication meetings even if there is no new information to convey. It is very important that information be delivered timely; as much as you know and have the liberty to share. It is okay to say

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