Thursday, September 07, 2006

Pithy thayings (3)

"We need to be on the same side of the table frowning at the problem, not on opposite sides of the table frowning at each other." Used when clients short-circuit the process of figuring out what went wrong, and reflexively blame the engineering contractor. Related to "Blame and shame", a management style much preferred by bullies.

A lot of project problems arise because the full team gets mobilized too soon, before we're well-enough organized. We need to be "in a hurry to finish, not in a hurry to start." The premature progress feels good at the time, but not so good when we have to give it back in rework later. Hence 'It's like warming the bed by wetting it."

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