Category Archives: Management

Be the User

A recent online experience with a large department in my state government left me scratching my head and wondering who was watching what. The relevant page was easy to find and, while I had to click through two more pages… (read more)

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On Methodical Problem Solving

Co-workers who have solved problems with me over any period of time have heard me talk about “building the matrix”. Sometimes its an actual table on a whiteboard (virtual or on the wall) while other times it’s in my head… (read more)

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Off the Shelf: July 2021 (The Checklist Manifesto)

Of all the several books I read in July, the most impactful was The checklist manifesto, by Atul Gawande. The Checklist Manifesto Early in the book Gawande introduces research proposing that there are “three different kinds of problems in the… (read more)

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You’re sick, never mind the details…

As a manager, I occasionally hear variations on the “I’m sick and not coming in today” statement from my employees. Sometimes it’s a simple cold, other times it’s not. Sometimes it comes with much too much information. I’m not sure… (read more)

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Crabby Managers

I’ve been a bit crabby at work recently so when I saw this classic Peanuts strip from June 13th, 1965, I had a flash of insight into my own situation. Lucy, wearing dark shades, walks first into a fence (wump!), then… (read more)

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Worst Organizational Announcement email

At a previous employer it was not uncommon to send out “Organizational Announcement” emails from time to time. Sometimes it was a re-org, others a promotion, but frequently it was a resignation or transfer. In these cases it was customary… (read more)

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Escalate early, Escalate often

Coworkers and colleagues might remember one of my phrases: “Escalate early, Escalate often”. Today I got to use it anew and explain it to my current group of coworkers and colleagues. Escalation In short, escalation gets you needed resources when… (read more)

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Think about the next three

My company recently purchased three shiny new 1U1 servers, some new network and SAN equipment and a new rack to house everything. Just about as close to a true greenfield situation as you’ll find. And while it’s easy to install… (read more)

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Three top Management skills

Similar to top leadership skills, a list of three top management skills may depend more on the situation than anything else. So picking three top ones remains a risky task but yet one I was asked to perform recently. Here’s an… (read more)

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When “Free” upsets your model

When something is free (free as in beer, not free as in speech1), how many of us are tempted to over-consume? What if we’re separated from the true cost of something by policy or tradition? Do we find ourselves over-consuming something… (read more)

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