Never confuse activity with progress.
Too many chefs spoil the code.
Steve Jobs talks about managing people
The management of a company that makes furniture, doing well, took it into their heads to expand their line into pianos. Why not make pianos? They bought a Steinway piano, took it apart, made or bought parts, and put a piano together exactly like the Steinway, only to discover that they could only get thuds …
I am rephrasing an old political proverb, but it’s true. If a manager ask you to release four days earlier, after he has promised you to postpone the release date with a week probably the chaos is so big in teams with this kind of managers that you can’t expect any quality from the software …
You can’t be lean in your job, if you don’t have lean thinking in your life.
So next time when somebody says you that he is lean in his job take a look at his life!
Today I was reading a news about “Spade Hacker”. At that moment I realized that every software company has at least one “spade hacker”. How many “spade hackers” do you have in your company ? 😉
Can you imagine a skyscraper to be build without scaffolding ?
Now, why do we expect to create a serious software product without unit, integration, and acceptance tests ? 😉
P.S. Please don’t forget to put wall-papers on the walls before you deconstruct the scaffolding! It’s possible some wall to fall down. 😀
Today on one of my conference calls I observed very known situation from my past, and I remembered one example of the lean principle “Eliminate Waste”.
Building the Wrong Thing
“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” –Peter Drucker
Today I take a look one interesting presentation about “What is Technical Debt?”. It’s very horrifying to see scissors in somebody’s chest, but it’s not horrifying when IT guys crash a business for million dollars and life of many people just because they are not well prepared to see the creeping disaster!