Paid Time Off policies – What works best for your organization?

Summer is coming and this means many of your employees are planning their family vacations.  It’s also allergy season here in the Virginia area which has knocked quite a few people off their game with folks having to take time off to visit doctors.  I’ve even had a bout of bad luck with illness recently. …

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What I learned in Grade School is changing

Technology changes rapidly in today’s world – not only devices but programming approaches and languages. I started my career as a programmer working in PL/I and FORTRAN (dating myself a bit, I know) in industry. Then Object-Oriented languages took over and I stuck in there for a while but found myself more of a debugger…

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Does the ‘man month’ metric still work in today’s world?

Early on in my project management life I read a book that described what a ‘man-month’ or ‘man-day’ is, which is paraphrased as the amount of productive time you can expect from an employee given a defined period.  Six hours of an eight hour day is the general rule of thumb.  This gives you about…

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Utilization – common term, uncommon definition

When I was going through school, I remember getting critiqued on my papers by using the word ‘use’ too much.   So I would work around it by substituting ‘utilize’; tricky but effective.  In the consulting industry, ‘use’ should mean the same as ‘utilize’ but I find the definitions of utilize or utilization are widely varied. …

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