Category: Best Practice

Single point of truth 1

Single point of truth: 6 suggestions

The other day I received two emails from my engineers. Both of them had summarized a meeting they had attended representing their respective business units. If I had not known their emails were describing...

Peter Principle 0

Perverted Peter Principle: cold progression

In the twenty odd years I have helped organizations to improve their level of professionalism I have discovered a phenomenon that I named ‘Perverted Peter Principle’. Its mine. It has my copyright on it....

Not invented here 0

Not invented here

In the world of software a copy comes at almost no cost (yes, I know this is an oversimplification). Still engineers (and managers) go to great lengths to reinvent/recreate things that already exist instead...

Management FAQ 0

Management FAQ

You send questions from time to time that I would like to answer. That’s why I decided to publish this Management FAQ. I will extend this with more questions coming in. 1. As a...

Riding dead horses 1

Dead horses: 5 reasons to ride

“When you discover that you are riding dead horses, the best strategy is to dismount.” Most of you know this saying of the Native Indians (if not, read this hilarious blog post to catch...

Assignments 0

Assignments: Beating the principal agent

Principal agent problems: how to make work assignments work Clean handover of work packages is key to make a business work – and yet I regularly see work assignments fail. How is that possible?...