Chad Fowler, in his book, My Job Went to India, made the following remarks about working effectively:
If you treat your projects like a race, you’ll get to the end a lot faster than if you treat them like a prison cell.
A sense of urgency, even if manufactured, is enough to easily double or triple your productivity.
I’d add that it needs to be an enjoyable race, and that urgency, sustained for too long, can wear a person out. Races are more enjoyable when run with a group of friends.
I like this quote: No technology, no matter how amazing… can by itself ignite a shift from good to great…. No technology can turn the wrong people into the right people. No technology can instill the discipline to confront brutal facts of reality, nor can it instill unwavering faith. No technology can supplant the need for deep understanding…. No technology can create a culture of discipline. — Jim Collins, Good to Great, p 161.
“Best practices are a hazard because they ask us to substitute slogans for thinking.” — Pete McBreen, p. 125 Software Craftmanship.
Sometimes best practices are used to shift blame by using the bandwagon fallacy: “Everyone else is doing it — it’s a best practice, so don’t blame me”. Sure, there’s strength in numbers, but not necessarily wisdom in numbers.
Creativity has more to do with interaction that brilliance — CTO Posted In Quotes
breakfast discussion, Phil Windley