Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Grady Booch

If you've never heard of Grady Booch...well, there's a good chance you wouldn't be DeMarco, Yourdon, List and all the other greats - Grady is a Master level, old school, IT genius.....for a more definitive background, check wikipedia (where else would you go):

I just happened to come across his podcast, the reason for this post - a must listen for all you real IT people out there:

Also found on iTunes Podcasts......of course

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Time Zones

The risks and complexities of Project Management evolve around communication. How do we effectively communicate needs, updates, feedback, priorities, expectations, etc. A new twist to this, really not that new – but one that I’m currently appreciating more, is the way the world works, specifically time zones. Talking across time zones includes talking across cultures……in addition to being on a call before you wake up talking to someone who’s ready to go home, think of all the common understandings that don’t exist. I recently had a review of some quiz functionality being set up, one of the questions was about vegetables….it took a few minutes to realize the foreign word entered was a local, well known, vegetable. If you can’t both understand what the local potato is, what makes you think you can understand anything more complex? On the positive side, I got a quick intro to some local Indian blue looking, squash looking, potato something that is apparently feeding a good portion of the world’s population.