Software Engineering, Project Management, and Effectiveness
I like to learn from everyone around me. One of my most influential mentors has been my manager, Per. Here’s a highlight of some of the lessons I learned from Per over the years:
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I need to apply this. Thanks.
In the countless years I had the opportunity to work for/with Per and learn from him, I also always saw an uncanny ability to put himself to the same harsh tests he put others to, and be honest with himself when things weren't quite as good. Every time he went skiing - and Per trains with olympic-grade skiers - he came back telling us about how he strived for a couple of falls a day - if you aren't falling you aren't pushing yourself hard enough. In a sense, one of his most empowering phrases is 'so whats stopping you?' and making folks realize one is oneself's most common limiting factor.
Great post J.D. May I ask a favour, please can you give me a brief definition of 'strawman' ? My enterprise architect uses it all the time and I'm not sure he or I know the true meaning of the term.
Ed - great points ... hold yourself to a higher bar, and we're often our own limiter.
Thanks Miles. I think of a strawman as a draft proposal or rough sketch of an idea that you can use for analysis and debate. I'm not sure, but I think it comes from using strawmen for combat training.
Thanks for summarizing JD!
Many of these sayings are created while working with worldclass people, some of the sayings might even quotes. I am always amazed at and humbled by what smart/dedicated people can make happen.
One of my interview questions are: what are you passionate about, because you want to have a sense of purpose. In our case we wanted to make it easier for customers to use Microsoft software to solve specifc challenges.
Another key consideration is to be flexible and learn in the small and in the large. Look for the patterns in your behavior and the responses or lack there of.
An interesting question is how do you take a team culture and influence the larger context? I recall one attempt to do that in MS.
How do you appreciate the change of cultural values over time?
This is really a great post J.D. Not only are there a ton of helpful thoughts and ideas, it really does a great job of capturing Per and a lot of what he believes in and encourages in others.
Thanks JD for putting all this together.
This is an absolutely great post.