As project managers and team leaders, effective communication is vitally important to provide instructions to team members, persuade stakeholders to take action, document decisions and requests, and provide informational updates. Here are some quick tips for those of you in a leadership role on project teams, program management, or any business leadership role, really. Chat … Continue reading 15 quick tips on written communication for project leaders
Is Bulleted Text the downfall of communication?
A colleague said last week that bullet lists are the "bane of business communication" and attributed billions of dollars of damage to them. He's a good writer and a thoughtful guy. His prose is better than most and includes a lot of information that he feels the reader needs to know. I see his point. … Continue reading Is Bulleted Text the downfall of communication?
What we can all learn from Stack Overflow’s security incident
Stack Overflow had a security breach, and they have generously shared the details of how a hacker worked through multiple layers of security over 11 days. They gained access to source code, security keys, build processes, and some PII. Reading their account (at https://stackoverflow.blog/2021/01/25/a-deeper-dive-into-our-may-2019-security-incident) really brought home an important lesson... small issues in overlapping layers … Continue reading What we can all learn from Stack Overflow’s security incident
The Antidote to Impostor Syndrome in the Software Development World
On the teams you work with, there are probably one or two individuals who are considered the "rock stars". They seem to know just what they are doing. Ask yourself, "How did the 'rock stars' get to be that way?"
I’m a software development and technology manager – so why did I get a PMP certification?
Last week, I earned my Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. It wasn't easy. The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) is about a thousand pages of material, and it is dense. And frankly, it includes some stuff that is not directly relevant to my current position. I am in the software development and technology management … Continue reading I’m a software development and technology manager – so why did I get a PMP certification?