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Grading

We need to be careful about how we grade work. Sometimes the results are against our best interests.
We need to be careful about how we grade work.  Too many of us focus on only one of the four constraints of any project: People, Time, Money, or Results. A company that only gr… http://prettygoodproblemsolver.com/blog/grading/

When Problem Solving Methods Fail

Sometimes we simply cannot "solve" a problem to our own satisfaction. There are many reasons this can happen, but these reasons probably do not mean that your problem-solving method was bad.
Sometimes we simply cannot “solve” a problem to our own satisfaction.  There are many reasons this can happen, but these reasons probably do not mean your problem-solving method w… http://prettygoodproblemsolver.com/blog/when-problem-solving-methods-fail/

Too Much to Do Today

A brief essay on the difficulty of balancing urgent or important tasks.
Better Bugs I am sure that this happens to everybody, but lately it seems it is my turn. You know how it is.  You have a huge list of Very Important tasks to complete.  These a… http://prettygoodproblemsolver.com/blog/too-much-do-today/

The Four Constraints of Any Project

I was wrong. There are four (not three) constraints of any project. Read on to discover the bug in my previous thinking.
Better Bugs In the first edition of The Dog Barks When the Phone Rings: An Engineer’s Guide to Solving Problems, I wrote that all projects are subject to three constraints: Time, … http://prettygoodproblemsolver.com/blog/four-constraints-any-project/