Let's Invert the typically wrong headed view of Software Development project management as a construction project. We can map it the other way just to see if it works... to have some fun, to explore the meaning of phrases we toss around quite frequently.
Normally Project Management terms come from a construction domain. We are going to apply the lexicon of modern software to the construction of a home. We will follow the construction project and meet some of the people doing the work.
This is a very small (8 homes from $600,000 skyward) program in my 30-40 year old neighborhood.
About 6 months ago I saw the programs landing page go up. It gives casual observers and some of the stakeholders a general idea of the intent of the program. And most importantly who to contact for additional information if you happen to be interested in their products.
The Refuge program has 8 product projects and has them running independently. Yet much of their DevOps infrastructure has already b…
In the 1900s the automobile industry was the most important and innovation industry in the USA. But one could question if this was good for our society in the long run. And one could question if they actually innovated.
In the early 1900s there were few automobiles, very little infrastructure created to support the industry. For example the road system was still designed for horse drawn wagons and the wagon wheel (remember a steal rim and wooden compression spoke wheel). The future US Highways, or the 1950s Interstate Highway System at the cost of $425 billion were decades and many innovations away. There was no gas service station, there were however horse stables, farriers, and blacksmiths in each town along the roads. There was no real "road map", there was no road naming system, like was created in 1926 - the United States Numbered Highway System.
The industry employees millions of people, and was a large factor in the economy of the USA. It created or was created b…
- "The Surprising Truth about what Motivates Us" by Dan Pink.
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What I notice first and really like is the subtle implication in the shadow of the "i" in Drive is a person taking one step in a running motion. This brings to mind the old saying - "there is no I in TEAM". There is however a ME in TEAM, and there is an I in DRIVE. And when one talks about motivating a team or an individual - it all starts with - what's in it for me.
Pink starts with an early experiment with monkeys on problem solving. Seems the monkeys were much better problem solver's than the scientist thought they should be. This 1949 experiment is explained as the early understanding of motivation. At the time there were two main drivers of motivation: biological & external influences. Harry F. Harlow defines the third drive in a novel theory: "The performance of the task provided intrinsic reward" (p 3). This is Dan Pink's M…
“The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road”
Did you know 41 million people move in the US a year? Having moved a few times in my life, sometime with the Bed-Bugger's help, this book is a great insight into that life. Author: Finn Murphy's CB handle - "U-Turn"
The radio interview noted the concept of social networks in the 21st century. What is a highway - but a manifestation of a social network - a trail across the land.
I'm from the Carolina's where legend has it that our family commonly just hunkered down in the home on the coast and waterways than to head for inland shelter. Now that's from the old school days of barely improved (read paved) roads. They counted a storms severity by how high on the back porch steps (about 15 - top to ground) the water reached. I don't recommend this action in todays world of long range forecast and transportation options.
I do recommend a drink or two in a hotel bar, far far away.
This is the week that Harvey came ashore in Texas. I live on a hill in the little old town of Grapevine outside Dallas and Fort Worth. And thank you all for letting me know that a storm is coming... I didn't get out and walk Malibu before the rain hit, so I grabbed a hat and we went anyway. Much nicer walk with the drizzle, I'd say.
I'll raise a glass to you - if you were not smart enough to do the responsible thing, at the last responsible moment.