Maker’s Schedule (For Managers Too)

The following memo from a department head to staff is an example of how to implement a productive maker’s schedule at your workplace. This approach recommends starting with baby steps, evaluating results and making changes accordingly. Dear Colleagues in the Technology, Project Management and Product Teams, Executive Summary:1 We are implementing a maker’s schedule starting… Continue reading Maker’s Schedule (For Managers Too)

Three Pillars of a Media/Publishing Company

Questions: Where should product be depicted? Is product an extension of the journalism (newsroom)? In this way of thinking, all products including Web, mobile and all other digital products are primarily newsroom products. Or: Is product part of technology and development? In this way of thinking, product is primarily product development. Or: Is product a… Continue reading Three Pillars of a Media/Publishing Company

Some Pathways for Career Development in a Product Engineering Organization

The diagram below illustrates some pathways for career development in an engineering-focussed product development organization. It shows an organization where software engineering is a major discipline.┬áThe pathways shown here map out career paths that we have seen work well in a number of organizations. (There are also other pathways that work well that are not… Continue reading Some Pathways for Career Development in a Product Engineering Organization

Project Management: Time to Market, People & Teamwork

Starting early, not driving recklessly fast People who have worked with me are familiar with my trait of challenging the team to bring products and solutions to market as soon as possible. I’m a strong proponent for quickness to market and love to deliver sooner than the initially projected timeline. In this article, however, I… Continue reading Project Management: Time to Market, People & Teamwork

New Company, Effectuation

Earlier this year, I founded a product development & consulting company called Effectuation (www.effectuation.net) with some associates. We are involved in Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Media/Publishing and Open Source.