Too many projects go off the rails, and it always relates to: Deliverables. Timeline. People Successful projects are a harmonious balance of these three attributes. Every failure is the result of some leg of the stool not holding its weight. But all is not lost! A project can recover at any point by revisiting its […]
Management is the care and feeding of the invisible. You’re doing your best when it appears the least is happening. I love the thrill of the last month of a release as much of the next guy, but I suspect the reason we’re yelling at each other, working weekends, and feeling the depressing weight of […]
HuBoard. Project management layer built on top of Github issues.
Working on a project with lots of separate Git repos? Create a master repo, add each repo as a submodule, and git submodule foreach git checkout dev. If you’re working on a feature that spans multiple repos, simply use the same branch name for each repo. Can’t believe I didn’t think about this before.
Effective Technical Leadership. Rich with usable attributes and actions.
The bug database is obviously a great thing to have. Bug reports should be complete, accurate, and actionable. But I have noticed that in many real-world companies, the desire never to miss any bug report leads to bug bankrupcy, where you wake up one day and discover that there are 3000 open bugs in the […]
Data makes the world more visible. At the end of March, I embarked on a personal initiative at the J-School to quantify as many of our processes as possible. My working thesis: if we can generate enough data about a system, and have a framework to understand it, we can be far more effective in […]
BaseApp. Basecamp notifications in your Mac OS X menubar. Wish it supported personal tasks and milestones too.
When you speak at a journalism conference I want to hear about what the top idea in your mind is. I want to hear about what experiments you are trying, how you are measuring them, and how they are affecting your success. WordCamp and journalism conferences. Ideas, action, measurement, and iteration, all for the win.
Painless Functional Specifications. Why you should write functional specs, according to Joel Spolsky. Excellent series from all the way back in year two triple zero. Read part two, part three and part four as well.