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Anything that is unrelated to elephants is irrelephant Anonymous - The problem with quotes on the internet is that you can never tell if they're genuine Winston Churchill, 1944 - Never argue with a fool. Onlookers may not be able to tell the difference. Mark Twain
No, not all of us. I avoided this secondary problem by never getting married to the primary problem in the first place. But most men are hopeless optimists who believe that they can easily tame the old dragon if they can tame the younger dragon.
I have lived with several Zen masters - all of them were cats.
His last invention was an evil Lasagna. It didn't kill anyone, and it actually tasted pretty good.
I can't believe how a message can get skewed as it goes through different ears & mouths and finally change the context completely.
We have a product in the making.
And we also do a POC that's related to the product.
The big guys - the board of directors were on the call And I asked "What are the ways the POC development could actually contribute to the Product roadmap"
The question is valid and all the CTOs & technical guys in the call understand it well.
One of the non-technical directors says "Don't get distracted by the POC, focus on the product, and you shouldn't point to the POC as a reason for slowing down the product development & goes on to explain about the Product roadmap"
Another director echoes - "Guys, this has been discussed over and over, let's not waste more time on this question again"
Finally, one good empathizing tech boss intervenes & explains the context and which is not against the development of the POC. It was all about correlating the POC effort with the product.
It's been really tough formulating the message clear with the right vocabulary while talking to the non-tech big shots. It's a tough exercise!
The title "Communication"reminded me of a story they used to quote while I was with GE.
While he was Chairman, Jack Welch used to host banquet dinners to employees who had completed more than 30 years of service in GE, and retired. At one such dinner, Jack was giving a speech, and noticed an elderly person having a conversation of his own, towards the last benches. Jack, wanting to have some fun with him, pointed to this elderly employee and asked him - "Hi, what do you think was the problem in what I was just telling?". The elderly employee, was smart, and though he hadn't heard a word of what Jack had just said, replied - "Communication, Jack, communication! Communication was the problem". Which was correct, Jack nodded.
So, everywhere communication is the problem, indeed.
I had undermined it much. And I realize why there exists a role called "Project Manager". In some teams, PMs could be rendering some useful service, but our case is plain 'lip-service'. Just doing a very lightweight role. If the engineering leads could develop some good domain knowledge, vocabulary & some articulation, I guess the role of a Project Manager could lose relevance, at least in our company.
Communication will always be the number 1 problem companies have to deal with
Not to speak about married couples
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
Help me to understand what I'm saying, and I'll explain it better to you
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"I controlled my laughter and simple said "No,I am very busy,so I can't write any code for you". The moment they heard this all the smiling face turned into a sad looking face and one of them farted. So I had to leave the place as soon as possible." - Mr.Prakash One Fine Saturday. 24/04/2004