Thursday, January 18, 2018

Can We Build It? - 3 Things To Know Before Building a Software Add-On In-House

Bob The Builder by HiT Entertainment

When my kids were growing up they loved a show called Bob The Builder. The show always focused on a challenge and sometime during the show the Bob would ask "Can we build it?" and the entire team would respond "Yes we can!"

This mentality permeates not only early morning kid's shows but apparently businesses too. I've worked with several companies that while working a massive software implementation (typically an Enterprise Resource Planning or ERP solution like Oracle or Microsoft Dynamics AX) decided to use in-house IT assets to build new code for the system and/or custom code a solution to a problem. The typical thought process goes something like this:

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wacky Wednesday - Patrick Stewart... Cowboy?

My wife shared this on my Facebook feed, and I couldn't resist sharing it with my readers. Admittedly, I am a Star Trek fan, and Patrick Stewart is amazing! At this point in his life I honestly think he's just saying "Eh, Why not?" and it is great!


Monday, January 15, 2018

Leadership Quote - Confucius

Created by Erin Morey

A phrase about making too much out of a little thing is "making a mountain out of a molehill", but Confucius takes a slightly different approach:

Men Do Not Stumble Over Mountains, But Over Molehills
- Confucius

In this case, Confucious is telling us that we should sweat the details because it is the details that can trip us up. Leaders are often encouraged to keep to the big picture and not sweat the small stuff. What I've learned over the years as a project manager is it is the small stuff that will kill a project; because those small items can start to accumulate quickly. Now a leader must trust his/her team in order to accomplish the mission, goal, objective but there is a reason why "Trust but Verify" is Morey's Laws #3. In the military, we called it spot checks where a leader will go out to the field and look at specific details for a mission, equipment, unit, etc. The intention of these spot checks aren't to play "Gotcha" but instead to:

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Are You Celebrating Your Victories?

Image Courtesy of Ambro at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Are you taking the time to celebrate your victories? How about recognizing your key performers? Too often leaders expect their team to just do their job, and the only time the members get an indication of whether they are doing good or bad is when they are being yelled at for a mistake, and this is despite studies that show people are motivated by praise and will work longer and harder for a manager who provides praise rather than scold.

For this reason, I often say that many managers and leaders will finish a job but not Complete it, and hence why the final C in the C4 Leader formula is Complete. One of the aspects of Complete is recognizing milestones and significant team players throughout a project. A while ago I was on a project for an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementation, and I came in as the 4th Project Manager. The project was supposed to last 18 months, but 3 years later I joined the team as it was struggling through the bog of missing requirements, rotating developers, and apathetic management support.

With the help of new Functional and Quality Leads, as well as a redefinition of process and roles, the project lurched into motion. Roughly 6 months after the project stabilized we were able to go live with a Phase 1 version of the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 implementation.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Wacky Wednesday - Great Photos, Right Moment

Over the years I've gained a whole new apprecaition of photography and visuals, thanks mostly to my wife Erin Morey. You see, I'm mostly an auditory learner and I don't tend to see pictures in my head, but instead words and phrases that catch the significance of a situation. As my exposure to great photography and art has grown, I've come to appreciate a strong visual. Today I share a series of perfect timing pictures:

I Took A Photo Of My Brother. He Jump At The Right Moment And It Looks Like He Has To Go Because His Planet Needs Him
WhatStartsTheHeart

Perfect Timing
bestdayforpizza

Pier Sunset
John H. Moore


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Monday, January 8, 2018

Leadership Quote - TS Elliot

Image Created by Erin Morey
Last week we celebrated New Years, and as we continue into 2018 I wanted to share the words of T.S. Eliot:

Only Thos Who Will Risk Going Too Far Can Possibly Find Out How Far One Can Go 
- T.S. Eliot

Today I invite you to review your goals for the coming year. Are they SAFE Goals? Perhaps they might be too safe? The world today tends to be extremely risk adverse where companies and people only make minor adjustments in areas where they can be reasonably certain of the end results. Instead, the people and companies that make a splash are the ones who take the risk and perhaps can even go too far. What was the world like when Steve Jobs introduced his Apple iPhone? At the time could it easily have been a flop?

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Wacky Wednesday - Looking Back 2017

As we progress into the first week of 2018, I found an article that identified a few scientific items from 2017 that, well makes you say "Whoa, that's awesome. (from Vox.com)." Considering the quote this week from Albert Einstein about learning from yesterday. I've listed the first 3:

1. The total solar eclipse transfixed the nation and I MISSED IT! We are in the Nashville area, so we should have had prime viewing of the eclipse, but mother nature can be a heartless creature sometimes. 5 minutes before the total eclipse started the winds shifted and roughly 2 minutes before the full eclipse a cloud that wasn't a threat before moved between ourselves and the sun. The cloud cleared the view roughly 4 minutes after thte total eclipse had passed.  It was amazing to watch the world go dark, but my wife and I along with several friends from out of town missed the event, thanks to good old mother nature!

2. Gene therapy approval by the FDA falls into the "Cool, but..." category. This is one of those items that could be used for good, or could easily find its way into medling with things that many would argue shouldn't be meddled with. Are you familiar with the movie Gattaca?



3. CRISPR became an even more precise tool to fix nature's "mistakes." As if to back up my point, number 3 falls into the same category. Another tool to rewrite genetic code. The current target is to cure genetic disease, but what other areas could this be used for? How about Kahn from Star Trek?

From Star Trek: Into Darkness

As we continue to progress in science and in many other areas of endeavour perhaps it is more important than ever that good leadership be present. I can think of a lot of good and an end of suffering from these things, but our popular culture warns us about the impact of this path:

From Jurrasic Park

When I first started writing this post I didn't think it would turn into an ethics conversation, but it has migrated in that direction. Science will continue to progress and it is up to leaders to ensure it is for the benefit and done ethically. Leadership is more than about accomplishing a goal, but also about accomplishing the right goals. Next week I'll post a quote and talk about goals needing to scare you, but perhaps the follow-up question should be "Is it scaring you for the right reasons?"

I won't review the whole list, but thought the article was worth sharing. Take a look and let me know what you think!