Monthly Archive:: February 2014

Becoming a More Technical Project Manager

Many project managers move into the role from a more technical position. They originate as software developers or study in computer science, and move into the PM position later in their career. In a lot of ways

Working with a Global Team – Time Zones

Time zones in a project team These days, many of the projects that I manage involve a team of developers located across the world. It can be difficult to create a collaborative working environment with people who

Don’t forget to Document!

I was in a conference once where the question was asked “How much time do you allocate for documentation?” The answer shocked me. “Documentation isn’t needed if code is written well.” In our industry, documentation is sub-standard

On the Playlist: Recovery by Frank Turner

  Recovery by Frank Turner is a song that I’ve come across recently on the Live 88.5 in Ottawa. I’m not familiar with his earlier work, but I’ve really enjoyed listening to this song. Its a nice

All of this ‘stuff’ matters

I love wearing a suit Don’t get be wrong, I can rock the sleep pants and hoodie as well as any man, but I love looking good. It brings me a lot of self confidence and pride,

Don’t Copy The Successful

Back in November 2013, Olver Emberton (@oliveremberton) wrote a fantastic article on why traits that are adopted by the successful, are dangerous to have while you’re struggling to reach that level. Emberton makes some terrific points, particularly

I hate Mondays

The image above is a print available from Mike Mitchell, a fantastic artist who sells images like the above on his website. I found this (as I find much of what makes life great) through Reddit. Mike

Hypeminute – February 3rd: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, The Lego Movie, 24: Live Another Day

About once a week, I create a short one minute video for a startup that I work with, HypeBadger. The video is just a couple of quick comments on new product or media releases that you should

Software Alternatives

A few years ago, my boss had asked me to research some alternatives to JIRA to pitch to a client and a knowledge management tool. I wasn’t familiar with a lot of the alternative task management tools

Jumping (very late) on the Rocksmith Bandwagon

I love myself for the ‘bandwagon’ pun up there! Back when I was in highschool, I started playing Bass guitar. Not very well mind you, but I played enough to enjoy it. As college, then university, and