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  • CIO Archives - CTO/CIO Perspectives
    Let s look at the kinds of things I do large and small Read more Tweet Filed Under Education Personal Personal R D Role definition Tagged With CIO Education experimenting new technologies Personal self learning By Peter Kretzman 4 Comments Getting Twitter from the technology executive s perspective Tweet I don t want this to be just another post about Twitter the current hot trend of the Internet Rather I d like to relate this new Twitter fad to a long planned important topic here Specifically what can we in technology do to keep current and stay up to speed on our various areas of interest and expertise There s more out there than any of us can learn and new technologies come along all the time Truly staying current at a reasonable depth level would be a more than full time job Here s how I ve come to grips with that basic reality These remarks are most relevant to the executive level but to some extent they apply across the spectrum of roles in IT Read more Tweet Filed Under Communication Education Industry trends Personal Tagged With CIO Education new technologies Personal self learning Contact information for Peter Kretzman Ph 425 835 3487 Email peter dot kretzman at gmail dot com Social media Blog post categories Anecdotes 21 Book reviews 7 Communication 23 Education 6 Estimating 9 Ethics 1 Financial 7 General 31 Humor 7 Industry trends 23 Metrics 5 Overview 10 People 12 Performance 1 Personal 20 Personal R D 2 Peterisms 4 Pillars of Purview 43 Process 38 Projects 17 Recommended reading 8 Role definition 29 Stakeholders 15 Strategy 9 Tools 6 Top 25 posts 25 Vendor management 10 Blogroll 10x Software Development Steve McConnell s blog Archimedius Greg Ness always interesting blogs on networking security

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  • Education Archives - CTO/CIO Perspectives
    Let s look at the kinds of things I do large and small Read more Tweet Filed Under Education Personal Personal R D Role definition Tagged With CIO Education experimenting new technologies Personal self learning By Peter Kretzman 4 Comments Getting Twitter from the technology executive s perspective Tweet I don t want this to be just another post about Twitter the current hot trend of the Internet Rather I d like to relate this new Twitter fad to a long planned important topic here Specifically what can we in technology do to keep current and stay up to speed on our various areas of interest and expertise There s more out there than any of us can learn and new technologies come along all the time Truly staying current at a reasonable depth level would be a more than full time job Here s how I ve come to grips with that basic reality These remarks are most relevant to the executive level but to some extent they apply across the spectrum of roles in IT Read more Tweet Filed Under Communication Education Industry trends Personal Tagged With CIO Education new technologies Personal self learning Contact information for Peter Kretzman Ph 425 835 3487 Email peter dot kretzman at gmail dot com Social media Blog post categories Anecdotes 21 Book reviews 7 Communication 23 Education 6 Estimating 9 Ethics 1 Financial 7 General 31 Humor 7 Industry trends 23 Metrics 5 Overview 10 People 12 Performance 1 Personal 20 Personal R D 2 Peterisms 4 Pillars of Purview 43 Process 38 Projects 17 Recommended reading 8 Role definition 29 Stakeholders 15 Strategy 9 Tools 6 Top 25 posts 25 Vendor management 10 Blogroll 10x Software Development Steve McConnell s blog Archimedius Greg Ness always interesting blogs on networking security

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  • new technologies Archives - CTO/CIO Perspectives
    Let s look at the kinds of things I do large and small Read more Tweet Filed Under Education Personal Personal R D Role definition Tagged With CIO Education experimenting new technologies Personal self learning By Peter Kretzman 4 Comments Getting Twitter from the technology executive s perspective Tweet I don t want this to be just another post about Twitter the current hot trend of the Internet Rather I d like to relate this new Twitter fad to a long planned important topic here Specifically what can we in technology do to keep current and stay up to speed on our various areas of interest and expertise There s more out there than any of us can learn and new technologies come along all the time Truly staying current at a reasonable depth level would be a more than full time job Here s how I ve come to grips with that basic reality These remarks are most relevant to the executive level but to some extent they apply across the spectrum of roles in IT Read more Tweet Filed Under Communication Education Industry trends Personal Tagged With CIO Education new technologies Personal self learning Contact information for Peter Kretzman Ph 425 835 3487 Email peter dot kretzman at gmail dot com Social media Blog post categories Anecdotes 21 Book reviews 7 Communication 23 Education 6 Estimating 9 Ethics 1 Financial 7 General 31 Humor 7 Industry trends 23 Metrics 5 Overview 10 People 12 Performance 1 Personal 20 Personal R D 2 Peterisms 4 Pillars of Purview 43 Process 38 Projects 17 Recommended reading 8 Role definition 29 Stakeholders 15 Strategy 9 Tools 6 Top 25 posts 25 Vendor management 10 Blogroll 10x Software Development Steve McConnell s blog Archimedius Greg Ness always interesting blogs on networking security

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  • Personal Archives - CTO/CIO Perspectives
    Let s look at the kinds of things I do large and small Read more Tweet Filed Under Education Personal Personal R D Role definition Tagged With CIO Education experimenting new technologies Personal self learning By Peter Kretzman 4 Comments Getting Twitter from the technology executive s perspective Tweet I don t want this to be just another post about Twitter the current hot trend of the Internet Rather I d like to relate this new Twitter fad to a long planned important topic here Specifically what can we in technology do to keep current and stay up to speed on our various areas of interest and expertise There s more out there than any of us can learn and new technologies come along all the time Truly staying current at a reasonable depth level would be a more than full time job Here s how I ve come to grips with that basic reality These remarks are most relevant to the executive level but to some extent they apply across the spectrum of roles in IT Read more Tweet Filed Under Communication Education Industry trends Personal Tagged With CIO Education new technologies Personal self learning Contact information for Peter Kretzman Ph 425 835 3487 Email peter dot kretzman at gmail dot com Social media Blog post categories Anecdotes 21 Book reviews 7 Communication 23 Education 6 Estimating 9 Ethics 1 Financial 7 General 31 Humor 7 Industry trends 23 Metrics 5 Overview 10 People 12 Performance 1 Personal 20 Personal R D 2 Peterisms 4 Pillars of Purview 43 Process 38 Projects 17 Recommended reading 8 Role definition 29 Stakeholders 15 Strategy 9 Tools 6 Top 25 posts 25 Vendor management 10 Blogroll 10x Software Development Steve McConnell s blog Archimedius Greg Ness always interesting blogs on networking security

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  • self-learning Archives - CTO/CIO Perspectives
    Let s look at the kinds of things I do large and small Read more Tweet Filed Under Education Personal Personal R D Role definition Tagged With CIO Education experimenting new technologies Personal self learning By Peter Kretzman 4 Comments Getting Twitter from the technology executive s perspective Tweet I don t want this to be just another post about Twitter the current hot trend of the Internet Rather I d like to relate this new Twitter fad to a long planned important topic here Specifically what can we in technology do to keep current and stay up to speed on our various areas of interest and expertise There s more out there than any of us can learn and new technologies come along all the time Truly staying current at a reasonable depth level would be a more than full time job Here s how I ve come to grips with that basic reality These remarks are most relevant to the executive level but to some extent they apply across the spectrum of roles in IT Read more Tweet Filed Under Communication Education Industry trends Personal Tagged With CIO Education new technologies Personal self learning Contact information for Peter Kretzman Ph 425 835 3487 Email peter dot kretzman at gmail dot com Social media Blog post categories Anecdotes 21 Book reviews 7 Communication 23 Education 6 Estimating 9 Ethics 1 Financial 7 General 31 Humor 7 Industry trends 23 Metrics 5 Overview 10 People 12 Performance 1 Personal 20 Personal R D 2 Peterisms 4 Pillars of Purview 43 Process 38 Projects 17 Recommended reading 8 Role definition 29 Stakeholders 15 Strategy 9 Tools 6 Top 25 posts 25 Vendor management 10 Blogroll 10x Software Development Steve McConnell s blog Archimedius Greg Ness always interesting blogs on networking security

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  • Communication Archives - Page 3 of 3 - CTO/CIO Perspectives
    be such a big deal if they could only get it fixed quickly Of course often a quick fix wasn t in the cards and users started to a notice the outage and b wonder if anyone in IT was even aware of it My response to this is to insist on the airing of dirty laundry Less euphemistically timely comprehensive broad audience notification of all system outages and impairments Specifically emphasize the following Read more Tweet Filed Under Communication Pillars of Purview Process By Peter Kretzman 3 Comments End of year Peterisms for the CTO CIO Tweet One habit I ve picked up as a CTO CIO a habit that usually comes out in the many meetings that make up my work week is that of leading through aphorism Over the years I ve accumulated a number of pithy sayings that like the proverbial picture being worth a thousand words succinctly express key concepts and lessons that I ve learned throughout my career And I pass those on sometimes repeatedly My staff in more than a few of my jobs have started to call these sayings Peterisms although I certainly can t claim that I ve invented most of them So for a light hearted end of year blog entry in what may become a recurring flavor of post here s a few of them with some discussion about what they connote in my personal Darmok like management code Read more Tweet Filed Under Communication Peterisms By Peter Kretzman 3 Comments DWYSYWD IT and the value of declaring victory Tweet I saw a license plate recently that read DWYSYWD I puzzled over it for a while Google wasn t handy and then it suddenly flashed on me Do What You Say You Will Do I ve since learned that this is a well known phrase used by people such as Colin Powell among others How does this relate to IT and the CTO CIO Well all sermonizing aside about how Do What You Say You Will Do is a great mantra in general for life it particularly fits the rapidly swirling technical project world that the CTO CIO copes with every day In that world as we all know it s easy to say that you ll do things and you ll certainly be pressured to say you ll do more and more Actually getting them done however is a bit harder How important is it to Do What You Say You Will Do I went into a CTO role once where I rapidly observed that I had inherited a team that wasn t doing In fact the team wasn t saying either Astonishing as it may seem they had been allowed by company management to fall into the pattern of making no commitments for delivery in anything other than the vaguest of possible terms most of which had to do with stating noble intentions of working hard In other words they weren t really putting themselves on the

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  • Towards a more balanced list of content about #NoEstimates - CTO/CIO Perspectives
    people to create axiomatic circular definitions for Estimating as A Bad Thing Which is often the kind of thinking that got us here It s a variant on the power play of We should be in charge around here It s ugly Don t do that Glen Alleman July 17 2014 Open Loop Closed Loop Project Controls When you drive the project in the absence of a desired outcome the project goal without units of measures meaningful to the decision maker is like driving in the rear view mirror It can be done but you don t know you ran over anything until you do Ron Jeffries April 2013 Estimation The Best We Can Do The people paying for our work need to allocate their resources They need to manage their cash and they need to coordinate our work with activities and stakeholders outside our team To do this effectively they need information on how long things take which translates into how much things cost and into how long it takes before we start getting our money back They need information that we have to do this job well The fact that our information is vague flawed and uncertain is not a reason to hold it back We need to get the information into their hands and to do it in a way that gives them the best chance of using it well Troy Magennis August 5 2013 Project estimations are throwing off our ability to properly plan out projects Extending No Estimates to all possible work is nonsense unless there is truly no option of altering staffing levels or reordering feature priorities based on time to market In the idea rich software atmosphere there is always more demand than supply Nick Pisano April 9 2014 Gimme All Your Money Agile and the Intrinsic Evil of NoEstimates The core arguments in Agile via NoEstimates are an implicit evil because they undermine the essential relationships between the parties This is done through specialized jargon that is designed to obfuscate the contingent nature of the obligation underlying its principles and the lack of clear reasoning that forms the basis for its rebellion against planning estimating and accountability Dave Gordon June 2 2013 Thus I Refute NoEstimates Complexity will persist in the face of all attempts to reduce it through simplifying assumptions Few modern business problems are simple enough to reduce to a small number of decisions which then drive all other activity Apples falling out of trees are fine for explaining gravity to school children but celestial mechanics has to contemplate multiple bodies Similarly modern business problems are not simply about software And that is why we should devote our energies to improving the quality of our software development estimating methodologies rather than advocating adoption of simplifying assumptions that don t reflect a holistic view of the operating environment George Dinwiddie March 30 2014 Short Overview of Estimation While arguing against estimates I found some residual benefit for estimation From a business perspective it s quite valuable to project into the future to predict what might happen and to make contingency plans if needed Making estimation less important does not make it unimportant Dan North August 8 2013 Blink Estimation With sufficient experience and the right mix of people in the room you can reasonably assess how this project is similar to and different from previous ones and how much you should reasonably invest to realise the business impact associated with it Jurgen Appelo December 12 2013 JustEnoughEstimates Big estimates and commitments are not safe to fail but having no estimates or commitments is unworkable Not anticipating and not estimating is no option It would mean we d be no different than the rest of the natural world merely adapting to whatever is thrown in our direction We would stop being human Fabio Akita October 7 2013 noEstimates Debunked We estimate based on past knowledge If we can t out perform our past selves how incompetent are we I mean we can argue that software is not predictable and I agree But making mistakes of orders of magnitude in recreating similar software only smells incompetence to me Most of the software we produce are not brand new ideas breakthrough new algorithms They are really mostly the same content websites ecommerce elearning social networks social commerce forums polls Unless you work in research programs what other kinds of different software did you do lately Terry Bunio Sept 17 2013 Why I believe in Estimates By Agile proponents recommending No Estimates they have eliminated a feedback loop across projects that provide feedback on how we plan and estimate Other Agile teams can will encounter the same challenges that another team faced without a feedback mechanism that highlights divergence from an estimate or schedule Without an estimate or schedule the team may not even think of it as a divergence Mike Harris David Consulting Group November 8 2013 No Estimates in Action Our Thoughts Whether we like it or not software development mainly takes place in a business context This brings two constraints to bear At the micro level selection of the best option for any development problem has to consider effort cost and duration At the macro level at least part of the customer s satisfaction will always relate to on time on budget Hence some form of estimation is not just management overhead but a development best practice John Allspaw October 25 2012 On Being a Senior Engineer Avoiding responsibility for estimates is another way of saying I m not ready to be relied upon for building critical pieces of infrastructure All businesses rely on estimates and all engineers working on a project are involved in Joint Activity which means that they have a responsibility to others to make themselves interpredictable In general mature engineers are comfortable with working within some nonzero amount of uncertainty and risk Jim Bird May 30 2013 Estimating Might Be Broken But It s Not Evil While there

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  • IT does the moonwalk: our endless search for absolutes - CTO/CIO Perspectives
    a picture said Roam It works much better than words People often misuse the bug tracking tool so let s abandon it and just use index cards instead With one such team I found hundreds of index cards randomly scattered in piles around the work area scribbled with cryptic notes Best practices We can t really tell what those are and none is truly universal anyway Ignore best practices There are No IT projects Some projects have not had enough business involvement so let s mandate that all projects must be led by the business QA makes developers lazy about coding so let s get rid of QA entirely and make software developers responsible for catching their own bugs Estimates usually aren t accurate and doing them takes a lot of time so we d best avoid estimating altogether NoEstimates This is a list of absolutes a catalog of reactionary resistance representing the rejection of fairly standard approaches and techniques that have turned out surprise to have some downsides or to require some nuanced thinking Let me be clear no one can or should argue against idealism per se often much progress is caused by someone who just won t give up on their ideal picture of how something should work Yet the above list should help underscore the obvious IT people often take their idealism too far When we re encouraged or tempted to adopt extreme stances because of perceived gaps or downsides in our normal approaches there s a high danger we ll just be moonwalking we ll be pulled backwards as we attempt to walk forward Our judgment is clouded by our search for absolute certainty So we all need to focus on cooling down from our instinctive reactions along these lines and to look for ways to throw out just the bathwater while we hold on firmly to that darned baby In short shooting too hard for the ideal isn t always ideal It can be simplistic and overreacting in fact and it often backfires Be wary Tweet Share this Twitter Google Facebook Email Print Previous Post in Category Next Post in Category Filed Under Anecdotes General Overview Comments Laura Lindsay says November 10 2013 at 3 53 am I enjoyed this article these are all too common behaviors and some of them are the stuff Dilbert comics are made of But you also have me thinking about how these come into play in strategy work In a recent situation I ve been involved with an organization struggling with client device strategy The strategy is based on a directional statement along the lines of we will eliminate desktop computers everyone will have a virtual desktop or mobile device There are elements of goodness in this direction but it was stated by a very high level executive and taken literally by the staff such that there are no gray areas when it comes to execution And now there s a tremendous amount of moon walking going on

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