Joe Townsend explores the meaning of the term wagile. Apparently, this word is a result of what occurs when a team slips from agile development into waterfall development. In this story, Joe lists several organizations that have gone wagile and what we can learn from them.
The cost of delay due to multitasking is real. It’s invisible to most people, especially management. It’s not just the cost of time lost due to context switching; it’s the fact that projects don't get out on time, which hurts your maximum sales revenue. How do you calculate these costs of delay?
Observers at the Winter Olympics in Sochi say that for the most part the opening ceremony was glorious—except for one glitch that left the organizers embarrassed. This incident gives us an opportunity to learn some lessons about managing software projects.
The cost of delay is the way to think about the revenue you can lose plus the cost of continued development. When you delay your release and don’t ship on time, you miss the revenue from the maximum sales times. Shipping on time isn't always easy, but it's easy to see why you need to.
Being an effective leader in today’s competitive world is challenging. However, a true leader stands out at these times, making all the difference in driving his team and their project to success. “Leading by example” is a top-listed trait of successful leaders in the workplace for good reason.
Is the stereotype true that information technology (IT) professionals are nerds, geeks, and pocket-protector-wearing buffoons as sometimes portrayed in the media? Joe Townsend examines why these kinds of stereotypes exist and what is being done to address them.
Creativity, the ability to make new things or think of new ideas, is something we value. Steve Berczuk writes that established best practices, such as patterns, can help us solve many problems efficiently, but breakthroughs arise from creative solutions.
For years, people who experienced anxiety before being in the spotlight were advised to try to just keep themselves calm. But new research from the American Psychological Association suggests that getting excited before a presentation is more effective for decreasing anxiety than trying to relax.
There are several problems with basing a knowledge worker's pay on a bonus. In a team-based organization, management often doesn't know who did exactly what work; people concentrate on their own objectives rather than working together; and whether some targets are hit depends on too many factors.
The Seahawks' victory brings us to a new topic of consideration. Does their win mean anything to the world of predictive analytics, which has been up and coming in the past few years? Predictive analytics beat the experts in judging the outcome of the game. Here's a look at its other applications.