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Manage It!: How important are people like Weinberg and DeMarco to you?

 
Darya Akbari
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Hi Johanna,

Welcome to JavaRanch .

I would like to know which school of thought has influenced you? What do people like Jerry Weinberg or Tom DeMarco mean to you?

If they mean anything to you, how do they affect you?

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Darya
 
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Hi Darya,

I suspect you've read some of my writing; I'm highly influenced by Weinberg and DeMarco :-) I've studied with Weinberg for over 10 years now, and am teaching with him (Problem Solving Leadership) and we are two of the hosts of the AYE conference.

They way they affect me is to make me think. For example, I'd started tracking what I called the "bug recidivism rate" 20 or so years ago. Weinberg talks about the "Fault Feedback Ratio" in one of his QSM books. Same metric, why a different name? Because "bug recidivism rate" blames the people who create or find the problem. Do I want to do that? No. Consider what "Fault Feedback Ratio" means: feedback to the people working on the project. No blame. Which metric would you rather measure? Which project would you rather work on? One with a blaming project manager? (oh, ick.) Or one who recognizes we are human, want to do a good job, and something in the system is preventing us from doing a good job? I want to work with people who recognize we are human.

Thinking about what I say and how I say it (writing or speaking) is what's affected me most. The second part is seeing the system of the project or the work. Both Weinberg and DeMarco are great at describing the system and helping other people see it.

Johanna
 
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Originally posted by Johanna Rothman:
Hi Darya,

I suspect you've read some of my writing; I'm highly influenced by Weinberg and DeMarco :-) I've studied with Weinberg for over 10 years now, and am teaching with him (Problem Solving Leadership) and we are two of the hosts of the AYE conference.


Great . So far I haven't read anything from you but that can change .
 
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Originally posted by Johanna Rothman:
They way they affect me is to make me think. For example, I'd started tracking what I called the "bug recidivism rate" 20 or so years ago. Weinberg talks about the "Fault Feedback Ratio" in one of his QSM books. Same metric, why a different name? Because "bug recidivism rate" blames the people who create or find the problem. Do I want to do that? No. Consider what "Fault Feedback Ratio" means: feedback to the people working on the project. No blame. Which metric would you rather measure? Which project would you rather work on? One with a blaming project manager? (oh, ick.) Or one who recognizes we are human, want to do a good job, and something in the system is preventing us from doing a good job? I want to work with people who recognize we are human.


You are obviously influenced by Weinberg and DeMarco .
 
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