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Comment Scrum is for Management, too (Score 1) 371

I've been at two companies in the last six years that are trying to implement Scrum. The first failed miserably, due to massive management interference. The second is in progress now, and seems destined to fail (although I certainly hope not!). This company promotes hyper-active micro-managers, who operate in a mode that is the antithesis of Scrum.

In both these cases, I see the biggest benefit of scrum is that it would prevent the micro-managers from interfering with development that is in-progress, and force them to plan the work in advance, rather than running around co-opting already-busy resources for their latest 'emergency', thereby forcing task switches (expensive) and collateral damage (frustration) to whatever project was last week's emergency.

It's occurred to me over time that Scrum is a way to box out Panic Management from the development process. I just wish I had the experience of actually seeing it work. But hope is eternal...

Comment Extreme A La Carte (Score 1) 319

I'd rather pay for just the shows I watch, rather than picking an entire channel. For channels like SyFi (which is about 25% science fiction), I'd be buying 10 shows per week. For channels like The Documentary Channel, it would be more like 2.

The Learning Channel? hahahahahahahaha what learning? Honey Boo Boo taught me nothing.

Comment Sugar, Fat to become Schedule 1 restricted drugs (Score 2, Insightful) 244

Recent studies have researchers concerned that pot use in the under-18 crowd causes cognitive decline. Since pot is a Schedule 1 (most restrictive) substance in the US, I argue sugar and fat must also be put on Schedule 1 since our Oregon friends at OSU have discovered similar effects in youngsters.

Comment Let go and let them (Score 3) 146

Until last month, I managed the 12 devs I had hired (I have 30+ years of dev experience). On my way out the door, 3 of them gave me a 'best manager I've ever had'. No one gave me a thumbs down, at least to my knowledge. My 'secret'? Honesty, kindness, and this one very important thing: I never imposed a decision unless they couldn't come to one themselves, or were going off the rails. Despite my sizable ego, I've found 'letting go' of control, and focusing on guiding the team, rather than telling them what to do, produces one very happy, productive team. And they' introduced ideas and solutions that never would have crossed my mind!

I left after a painful year of my naive boss and certain of his colleagues on the leadership team knocking us off course with their sophomoric meddling. Note to senior leaders: When you have a competent person running your dev team, let him/her do it. Just because you can spell Agile doesn't mean you know what it looks like.

Pound for pound, the amoeba is the most vicious animal on earth.