Sometimes it feels like we are swimming in a giant sea of products, people and teams. Other times we forget that there are oceans of activity going on all around us. Developing software in a large company comes with a unique set of challenges. For a small engineering team, having an org-scale impact can beContinue reading “How do Small Teams have a Big Impact in Large Companies?“
Category Archives: Management
The Overview Effect (in Software)
The Overview Effect is a cognitive shift that is reported by astronauts when they see the earth from outer space for the first time. It is a change brought on by experiencing the world differently. Strongly held beliefs unfold. A new mental state is acquired from seeing the whole, after a life spent living inContinue reading “The Overview Effect (in Software)”
Software Systems need ‘Skin in the Game’
In software, where our work consists entirely of systems building, we have continuously missed the crucial point: systems need skin in the game
Pointing and Calling
A small leadership lesson on transparency
Get more out of your checklists: liminal states in software delivery
Use liminal thinking to discover what you have unconsciously learned to unsee
Notes on a Learning Organization
Building software products means coping with complexity. Our products are highly interconnected systems of systems. Dynamics are difficult to model; outcomes can be difficult to predict. Ivory towers crumble on this unstable ground. It is not sufficient to have one person deciding for the whole group, everyone following the direction of a “grand strategist”. Decision-makingContinue reading “Notes on a Learning Organization”
Are You Telling the Story of Your Software?
Stories connect the analytic with the synthetic: Analytic thinking deconstructs the problem, creating knowledge; Synthetic thinking puts the problem back together again, creating understanding.
Don’t Mix the Paint! Primitives and Composites in the World of Software
This Article was Originally Published in InfoQ on August 16th What color do you think of when you hear the word “red”? Ask 100 people, they will give you 100 different answers. Even with an anchor to help—a can of Coke, perhaps—there will be differences. So begins The Interaction of Color by Josef Albers, whereContinue reading “Don’t Mix the Paint! Primitives and Composites in the World of Software”
What about Formal Verification?
Do formal proofs have a place in software? Not likely – they do not fit into our systems of software engineering.
Two of my favourite books show us the yin and yang of success – the individual and the team. Dan Pink’s Drive describes three key areas of motivation and personal growth: Autonomy: The desire to be self-directed Mastery: The urge to get better skills Purpose: The need to work with meaning Meanwhile, in David Marquet’s Turn the ShipContinue reading “Collaboration Calculus”