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One of the hardest parts about running a podcast is managing the backlog. I thought this was hard in software but when you are trying to record content in advance, so you can ship weekly and not skip a beat when something, like a Pandemic, happens it means content gets pushed out farther than we like. One of our best interviews of Season 2 of Remotely Prepared just shipped as our first episode of 2021.…

Every project has a set of pain points that aren’t a direct output of the project but are indirectly related to it. “We can’t find reference documents anywhere.” “People are always late for meetings.” “Meetings go on too long.” “Our architecture is a mess.” The list goes on and on and on. These are pain points to the delivery of the project. These are pain points that are not only slowing your team down, but…

As a Developer, I have always hated saying these words, it always feels a bit like a copout – like I didn’t do my job, left something out, forgot a scenario, ignored something, etc, etc. I don’t mind the jokes that come with it (and they do come, in waves and torrents). When this happens my first thoughts are; Don’t say it.Ask for logs.Get a screenshot.Work the problem. It’s that last one that is so…

There is a very common myth that attending a meeting is work. It’s not, it’s clicking an invite, listening to people talk and interjecting when you might have an opinion. Now, if you were to run the meeting, well this is different – because then you are having to think about who needs to be there, who will contribute, what do you need to prepare, what should the focus be, where do you want people…

Without getting into a whole “thing” on experts, there is a common fallacy that when your team isn’t performing, you need more of them to get back on track. On a sorely undermanned project, of course, you might need more senior resources to jump in and get the ball rolling again. But in most cases, your projects are not at this point and what need isn’t an Expert, what you need is for your existing…