The Fear of Being Wrong

Learning to program is not easy. You can be on the top of your mental condition. You type, double-check, and triple-check your code and syntax. You believe you have been as thorough as you can possibly be. One missing semi-colon. One misplaced comma. One neglected closing parenthesis or bracket. One incorrectly indented statement. The computer […]

Learning to Program

I have been in the IT field for 30+ years, and my background has been focusing on infrastructure and operations. I do like programming but not proficient and experienced enough to consider myself a professional programmer. This is not the all-inclusive list, but it is a list I stick with on my journey to become […]

Excellence and Remarkable

Tom Peters and Bob Lewis call it “Excellence.” Seth Godin calls it “Remarkable.” Both terms refer to work or art that are beyond simple quality and typical commodity. Quality used to be the main differentiator amongst the competitors. People seek out quality products/services and talk about them. These days, with plenty of choices available in […]

Do or Do Not

Yoda said to Luke, “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” To which I would say to myself, “Do. Or do not. Try and keep trying. There is no hiding.”

保留知識型工作者

(從我的一個喜歡與尊敬的作家,賽斯 高汀) 除了生產業績之外,僱用和保留住好的職務員是管理者的另一個關鍵任務。 根據我自己的管理者經驗,我有以下三個想法。 首先,知識型員工想知道自己組織想要達到的目標以及想完成的任務。他們會調整自己的輸出去配和所需要的努力。 第二,知識型員工很看重個人責任感與成就感。管理者必須將人才擺放在最有效的位置,讓他們大幅度的提高生產力。 最後,知識型員工期待有不斷的教育和技能的發展機會。他們想磨練自己的手藝,總是想把自己處置於最好的位置,以取得積極與最好的成果。 要想有效的保留住頂尖人才,管理者有責任在那三方面上給員工提供機會。 當然對很多人,薪水仍然是一個很重要的考慮,但是賄賂通常很快就會失去了吸引力。知識型工作者知道他們有選擇可以隨時離開。他們對自己的能力有自信和充滿流動性,由其是那些人之翹楚。

Quality vs. Excellence

Some people use the terms quality and excellence interchangeably. My view is in the camp of Bob Lewis’ Bare Bones Change Management, and I believe they carry distinct meanings. Six Sigma talks about quality as the number defects per million opportunities. Another word, high quality equates to very low or zero defect. Excellence implies superior […]

The Art of Leveling Up

I recently read “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield and Shawn Coyne. Like what Seth Godin advocates, your “art” is something you would do and generously share with others. Your “art” will exist because you believe it can serve to lead or to connect others. It is something you would do even if no […]

Project Management, A Process or Practice?

Is the work of project management a process or practice? I think project management is both a work of process and practice, so what is the distinction? A process focuses on being consistent and repeatable – you should be able to get predictable results from a process. PMBOK has five process groups with ten knowledge […]