Summary’s Tips

In college I usually used the Summaries for helping me in study. I usually had a summary for each chapter and it was always what I used for reviewing the guidelines of the whole chapter.

When I started to use the blog and the internet as tool for my work I always like to review the main concepts that goes around a theme or topic.

With it I like the post entries and web pages that list tips in different formats about different interesting topics.

I will tag them “Summary’s Tips”

Close, close, close!!!

There is a moment in the software projects where you have to change the pace and the main goal of the work you are developing with the team.

First, you are working in different functionalities separately and you need the team open their minds looking for technical solutions that make the project reach the defined goals.

But this stage has usually a date in the calendar that must finish. In that moment it’s time to communicate all have to change the mentality to close, close and close the initial scope of the application.

This stage at the end of the development phase is usually one with more stress and the communication with all the people of the group is essential to end it. In addition you have the sponsor asking you for dates & results so it adds a little more stress on you.

Some mistakes I have made

During the Project I’m currently managing I’m learning about some practices that I should improve. Basically these are:

  • I had to define the third level of the WBS, only two levels were not enough, with three levels some assignments should be clearer and the monitoring of the project should be easy for me.
  • The estimation on some of the activities were not right and it is because I didn’t take into account the quality level that these functionalities should reach (To reach it, takes time).
  • I started the quality plan in the middle of the Project, not in the planning phase. It has provoked a delay in the deliver milestone.
  • The risk management plan was exhaustively studied but I didn’t schedule the mitigation activities on the Gannt chart.

So much things to improve?? yes

Do you have the right tools for your work?

There are some companies that sends technology but they have not the right basic tools for their employees. I don’t refer to the top of the edge technology I mean the basic computer, the basic Intranet connection, a printer.

Do you think I’m kidding?

Other words, ergonomic environment are never mentioned and considered useless.

Sundays, great days…

What’s the best thing you can do on Sunday? Rest, run, love, travel, ride… “forget all!!!”.

For me usually it’s Sunday or Saturday, which day do you have?

A friend who track and field always says that as important is the training as the rest. The training cycle is composed by the training and its opposite, the rest. It allows you to have a good performance in the next training session.

For me the best rest possible is forget all aspects that compound the job, the study and the worries.