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6 Steps To Success With The Executives Above You

You probably think it's simple.  Your boss wants "good news."  The way it will work is three steps:
You will do "a good job" at your jobYou will tell your bossThey will reward you And yet one day, something goes wrong.  "Something bad" happens, or, worse, you "make a mistake."  Or maybe over a few weeks or months, you do some stuff and then one day you realize you have "been a major idiot," and "something bad" is going to happen.  The world is full of unpleasant cocktails of "something bad" and "making a mistake."  And let me also note that "you just got dealt a losing hand" can happen to you, and maybe it takes you a while to figure it out.  Maybe your choices are among alternatives which are all bad.

As a human, you are likely to react to this problem by continuing to report good news to your boss to buy time while you try to fix your situation in some way.  You are following time-worn pers…

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Distributed Agile: The World is Spherical, and It Isn't Reading Email

In 2004, Thomas Friedman famously argued that in the age of "Globalization 3.0," The World is Flat, by which he seems to have meant that with current technology, big companies can shop all over the world for the cheapest and best laborers, rather than building local teams.  The book brought the issue to the attention of the general public, particularly in the US, and spawned a big discussion, including this entertainingly polemical review from Matt Taibbi
Whatever you think of Friedman or Tiabbi, software development people can tell you that indeed, the modern "enterprise" team will most certainly include participants from some assortment of Western countries as well as some subset of the BRIC group (Brazil, Russia, India, and China), or maybe new players like Vietnam or the Philippines.  Distributed software development is the norm rather than the exception in the world's biggest companies.

Bulletin from pragmatic people working every day with distributed t…