2011

"Lack of Resources" Is Almost Always "We Can’t Prioritize" In Disguise

March 2, 2011
Juggling

How many times have you heard people complain about lack of resources?  It’s true: there are never enough resources to do all the projects your company or your customers have asked for.
But more resources alone won’t necessarily make the real problem go away.

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Plugins Not Working in WordPress 3.1? Maybe This Will Help.

March 1, 2011
Memory chip. Be sure to use tweezers when adjusting PHP memory settings.

If you’ve recently upgraded to WordPress 3.1 and plugins that were working before (and appear to be working for the rest of the WordPress community) suddenly stopped working, you add/activate a new plugin and it won’t work, or if you’re seeing other intermittent HTTP 500 errors or other malfunctions…check how much memory you have allocated to PHP and WordPress.

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When Business Goals Are Lost in Translation

March 1, 2011
Hey, at least they tried.

We’ve invested more effort into formulating business strategy and the best practices of building software than we have into figuring out how to accurately map one to the other. As as result, sometimes things are lost in translation.

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Roadmap Planning: The Brady Bunch Movie of Software

February 26, 2011
The Brady Bunch Movie

We’ve come a long way in how software developers write code, how QA verifies that it works correctly, and how software projects are managed. And once that’s done, it’s faster and cheaper than ever before to make software available to users. Yet there’s one aspect of creating software that hasn’t really changed.

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Seven Skills of Effective Software Teams

February 26, 2011

Before I explain what I mean by “Effective Software Teams,” first I want to be clear on what I don’t mean.  Do a search for “software best practices” on Google or Bing.  Great stuff.  But I’m not talking about that.  Don’t get me wrong: best practices are important.  But your company could do all those […]

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