I am getting a lot of encouragement to share more of my “Whiffs of Wisdom”. Most are related to Managing Technical People, Technology situations and Managing Managers. All of them have tongue firmly placed in cheek. 🙂 Heres another one that came up recently:
Whiffs of Wisdom #6
On Managing People who Have to Manage Tough Decisions
Never underestimate ones ability to avoid making a tough decision or having a tough conversation. There is a nigh-limitless fountain of creativity in the work created, conference calls had, or meetings to attend – to avoid having a tough conversation. If only you could harness that creativity for good. Vigiliance, personal support, and every once in a while a swift kick in the rear are the only known remedies.
I am not sure why but for some reason this topic has come up for me like 8 times this week. Rather than continue to talk about it I figured I would just post one of my “Whiffs of Wisdom” some people call them “Manosisms”. Apparently I am the worst person in the world at coming up with anecdotes but people get my drift so in my book that means success.
Whiffs of Wisdom #18
On Project Managers and Security People
Every Technology organization needs Project Managers and Security-focused Engineers. There ACTUALLY IS a magic number of these individuals to have in your organization. I don’t know what that number is, but I know when I have one too many of either. These folks bring order to chaos (Engineers are notoriously terrible at project management) but the moment is starts becoming more about the process versus the END RESULTS I know we have gotten off track. There is nothing more effective than a great project manager and nothing more destructive than an overbearing rule-nazi project manager. You need to watch it closely because left to their own well-meaning devices these groups tend to create Bureaus of Business Prevention.