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Agile and Guaranteed Success

July 13th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips In many ways, using agile development guarantees success by definition. I was recently reading of a failed Federal government software program. Of course hundreds of millions of dollars were spent with nothing to show for it. The tale of woe consumed pages. Then there was one more paragraph that stated, “the government […]

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Tags: Agility · Success

The Production Crew or We Got the Band Back Together

February 16th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I recommend an organization for the future or work as we know it. This is the new company. It is an agile team that has worked together on many software projects. The Team has learned much on all these past projects. The Team has become high performing (it “jelled” a long time […]

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Tags: Management · People · Success · Synergy · Work

Be the Best – A Misguided Goal

February 20th, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips “Be the Best” is a misguided goal because it is based on other people. A few years ago, I worked for a government agency who proclaimed loudly and often that it was the Best fill-in-the-blank agency in the Federal government. I tried in vain to convince people that was a misguided goal. […]

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Tags: Choose · Differences · General Systems Thinking · Success

Apple, Texas Instruments, and the Digital Watch

February 25th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips The rumors are that Apple is building a wristwatch. Will they learn from the experience of Texas Instruments? Apple is supposed to be building a wristwatch. Some call it the “iWatch.” Here is just one of hundreds of posts about it. This has happened before: a really smart, really successful tech company […]

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Tags: Culture · Design · Success · Technology

Encouraging and Discouraging

April 2nd, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Some people in my life have been very discouraging. Some people in my life have been very encouraging. It is not difficult for me to choose which type of person I want to be. I can remember it like it happened yesterday. I was a graduate student working on my PhD. My […]

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Tags: Communication · Success · Writing

A Project Managing Pleasure

October 20th, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips There are many pleasures that come with managing a project. One is learning that you didn’t ruin the people who worked with you. Author and consultant Jerry Weinberg once wrote: One of the pleasures of having your children grow up is seeing that you didn’t ruin them after all. My corollary of […]

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Tags: Management · Success

Success Breeds Suspicion

June 30th, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Success leads to different things. One disturbing trend is that it leads to suspicion. Google is a rather successful business. The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Google. Why is it that (2) often follows (1)? Google offers a free service to Internet users. Come to our site and search the Internet. I […]

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Tags: Government · Success · Writing