On Motivation

Thinking about the way to maximize people’s involvement in your project, and full-heartedly follow you and push forward your project. How do you motivate them? There is nothing really new on this topic, people studied this area long and thoroughly. David J. Schwartz spoke about it in the The Magic of Thinking Big, illustrated by taking some largely ignored routes, like treating people the human way: “What’s the human approach?” Listening to opinions, never criticize but always praise publicly, using the sandwich approach to feedback … Recent research on human...

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Why Am I Doing This Thinking Online

In the last couple of days I had some debate with my wife on why writing everything down. This can be an annoying habit sometimes, I admit. Though, there is a long way towards I could say I’m exaggerating  Only trying to get out the best of me, and the situation at hand. Then I took some time for really thinking about it. All my big ideas implementation followed through to completion and all accomplishments came like this. Cause what good is a god given strike of genius that only happens into your head, when it dies being forgotten the second day, never having the chance of being...

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Lessons Learned: Traceability on the Run, the Plan First

Always plan what you wanna do first, running to keep up isn’t fun…. Last month I had a not so pleasant experience regarding a (misdone) traceability, in the sense not done in time! I always preach that, when you are deriving requirements for whatever next level, the link to the higher level your requirement satisfies should be done right on the spot, immediately! That applies for requirements, standards, legislation, or whatever source a requirement might have. That way the effort for generating traceability becomes negligible. It’s not a separate dedicated activity any...

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First Letter to the Customer

The first time is always the toughest in everything. It’s the time of doubt, incertitude and great challenge. It’s the time when you don’t know when all the handles to operate and just how rigid things are. How should you approach this? I was experiencing the first challenge when entering my very first meeting with the customer, meeting where we were supposed to convince the customer to accept one of our alternative solutions. It was a hell of a challenge. Now, my solutions requires explanation. An explicative letter with a graphic illustration, a presentation, that is. So, 2 days were spent...

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