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  • “Can You See Me Think?”

    Introduction This post is the fifty-seventh part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series can be found on the series landing page. A Story… Once upon a time I was a manufacturing systems integrator. That’s a fancy description of a person who designs and builds machine control systems. I was asked to ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on October 26, 2013
  • Quality vs. On Time - Software Done Well, Part 2

    The Setup  You're hired to deliver an add-on to an existing CRM system that was developed in-house. About half-way through the project, you realize you have to make a decision: you can deliver something on-time or you can deliver something that will delight the customer. Which do you choose? Scenario 1: Six months after your project's ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on October 29, 2009
  • IT Coaching - Software Done Well, Part 1

    Introduction Last week, someone sent me a nice email thanking me for helping them learn SSIS. There's no greater compliment - I am here to help. He referred to me as his ''SSIS Coach'' and that got me thinking...  Coaching I was never a big sports person in school. I played a little basketball in junior high, that was about it. I ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on October 26, 2009
  • Adventures in Estimation

    A Completely Hypothetical Scenario... Someone asks me ''Andy, how quickly can you get from your home in Farmville, VA to LA.'' I run through all the possible ways to get to LA, starting with ways I consider quick. I could drive 90 minutes to Richmond, catch a flight that would connect through Atlanta (you cannot get anywhere from Richmond without ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on September 11, 2009
  • Question Process

    Steve Rowe has an excellent post on why we should revisit process and procedure from time to time. :{> Andy
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on November 12, 2007
  • Bad IT Project Management

    My sister-in-law recently passed the PMP certification (congratulations Heather!). I'm waiting for a call from her asking if we need to add resources. The resources comment above is a joke, but it isn't really that funny. It's indicative of my decades of experience with bad IT project managers. I believe and hope I have worked with some of ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 9, 2007
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