Lack of Communication – #1 Reason for Project Failure

10 06 2009
I told them just doesn’t make the grade when it comes to effective communication.  Communication is very dependent on the feedback loop.  It is important as the sender of a message to make sure that whoever you are talking to relays back to you what you said.  This point cannot be stressed enough.
Lets say you leave the water running in the bath tub while you are watching a game on TV and your wife reminds you to turn the water off and goes to bed.   You say, “OK Honey” only to find the bathroom and the next room flooded with water after you finish watching the game.   What could have taken a few seconds to address now will take hours of time and expense to fix.  This highlights the importance of making  sure the receiver gets the message.
Destructive unintended consequences analogous to the damaging effects of the water secretly seeps into our projects and lives daily when we don’t communicate effectively.

No More Cubes

9 06 2009

I’ve noticed in the last few years, that I really don’t need a cube.  Working from home or where ever else I choose is actually a better fit for me.   A good portion of the folks I work with daily are in other countries anyway, so there is definitely no benefit to  driving into work to call into a meeting with India or Malaysia.   I certainly don’t do that when I meet with them on their schedule which is in the middle of the night USA time.  I do see a need, however, to keep a building albeit smaller,  for a place to get face time and hold conferences.  With wireless connections blanketing cities all over the world, I don’t need to come to the office to get what I need anymore.  So, I say take the money being spent on my cube development and up-keep, give me a blackberry, save the rest.