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Improving Your Relationship with Development Teams: “Maintaining Expectations”

Expectations are one of the keys to a great relationship with your development team (and in life!). I’m going to pick on a category of us developers. The moonlighters: those of us who are putting in extra work on nights and weekends to sharpen our skills and earn a bit of extra money. I’ve seen…

Improving Your Relationship With Development Teams: “Ghosting”

Let’s talk about ghosting. Most of you already know what I’m talking about. You’re working on a project with someone and they simply stop responding to you, often suddenly. No matter what texts, emails, phone calls, carrier pigeons you send, you’re getting nowhere. This technical age (and even more-so our COVID climate) enables an elite…

Improving Your Relationship With Development Teams: “Cliffs”

Imagine your development project as a car on an Arizona highway. You’re cruising down the road, a healthy 20% over the speed limit. Windows down. James Brown on the radio. You blink and all of a sudden you’re free falling off a cliff. AHHHHRHRHRHGHGHGHGH! This is what happens with development projects a startling amount of…

Improving Your Relationship With Development Teams: “The Company Card”

Imagine you’re hiring someone to buy a few groceries for you. You write up a quick list of what you want and send them to the store with your credit card. You said you wanted a nice red wine, but not an 1811 bottle of Château_d’Yquem. They left off quinoa, because who really likes that…

More Strategy, Less Development, Sooner to Market!

When launching or adding to a digital product, it’s tricky to figure out what features should make the cut. Lean on your brain’s remarkable powers of strategy before jumping to execution. Allow yourself to thoughtfully consider anything you might want to include. Spend way more time doing this then you’re comfortable. You have a finite…

Late and Overbudget: Why Projects Always* Fail

This year I’ll be speaking at Minnebar on April 25, 2020. Minnebar is an unconference hosted at the Best Buy campus in Richfield, MN. It typically caters to those in the technology space: designers, developers, project managers, and software people. If you’ve never been, I’d highly recommend it as a primer to the MN tech…

Unique & Core

I’m often in a position to evaluate whether a problem should be solved with custom software or with off-the-shelf options. Here’s the secret: custom software often isn’t the answer. Awhile back I scheduled a phone call with a director of technology at a large forward thinking non-profit and I wanted to learn how they work….