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Keeping things dangerous

We project managers tend to think in absolutes. There are two ways to do something: the right way, and all the other wrong ways. So, for example, software has to be released according to a carefully crafted schedule. The schedule has to include time for rigorous QA testing. And so forth. That’s the right way, and all the other ways are wrong.

Or are they? Continue reading

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The Year without Pants: A terrific story

Book coverWhen Scott Berkun went to work for WordPress.com, it was an experiment. WordPress, which had about 50 employees at the time, wanted to see what would happen when it formed teams from a completely flat organization (no bosses, no subordinates). Berkun wanted to see what would happen when he applied his management experience, honed by nearly a decade at Microsoft, to an organization that was profoundly un-Microsoftlike.

What happened was The Year without Pants, in which Berkun relates his experiences Continue reading