Project Management vs Project Leadership

I’d like to start off by pointing out this is not a true dichotomy.  Project Management and Project Leadership are not exclusively on the same spectrum, but there are differences and placing them as opposites on the same spectrum can provide some insights into the discipline and our behavior. Transactional vs Contextual One of the…

Tuning Past Your Optimum.

Justin is a good friend of mine at work and a Six Sigma Black Belt.  Over lunch the other day we were talking and he explained how sometimes people will tune past their optimum.  While the conversation was casual the lesson in life seems to be worth sharing. Firstly, let’s introduce Six Sigma’s distribution curve…

Pull Request

I’ve been around software guys for years and have heard the phrase pull request long enough that I was embarrassed I didn’t exactly know what it meant.  I had a general idea, but not one that was clear in my mind.  I also knew that this was one of those technical questions where I would grok…

Illogical Behavior ≈ Illogical Measurements

Tell me how you measure me and I’ll tell you how I behave.  If you measure me illogical way. . . do not complain about illogical behavior. This past week I got to meet someone who I’d instantly consider a friend of mine.  She works as a continuous improvement engineer for a potato manufacturing company…

Making Work Visible

It’s that time again. I’ve been reading a new book, and it’s time for the book list to get updated. This time it’s the book Making Work Visible by Dominica Degrandis. The book started with a story I could relate to. A husband working on the honey-do-list being asked by his wife to start an…