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[31 Dec 2008 | One Comment | ]
10 Success Patterns for PMs

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Here’s a brief set of success patterns for program managers and project managers that I’ve shared with a few colleagues.  These are the patterns I see that make a difference in getting results.
10 Success Patterns

Empathic listening.
Rapport before influence
Character trumps emotion trumps logic
Match their style
Ask WIIFY
Distinguish between responsibility and authority
Turn chickens into pigs
Adapt, adjust, or avoid situations
Know the system.
Analyze it over time.

Success Patterns ExplainedHere’s the essence of each:

Empathic listening.  Listen until the other person “feels” they’ve been heard.  Once they feel heard, they’re more …

Architecture, Patterns »

[10 Aug 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

What’s the difference between an architectural style, an architectural pattern, and a system metaphor?   An architectural style is a central, organizing concept for a system.  An architectural pattern describes a coarse-grained solution at the level of subsystems or modules and their relationships.  A system metaphor is more conceptual and it relates more to a real-world concept over a software engineering concept.  In A Practical Guide to Enterprise Architecture (The Coad Series), James McGovern, Scott W. Ambler, Michael E. Stevens, James Linn, Vikas Sharan, and Elias K. Jo write about the …

Architecture, Patterns »

[10 Aug 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

What’s the difference between an architectural pattern and a system metaphor?  An architectural pattern describes a coarse-grained solution at the level of subsystems or modules and their relationships.  A system metaphor is more conceptual and it relates more to a real-world concept over a software engineering concept.  In A Practical Guide to Enterprise Architecture (The Coad Series), James McGovern, Scott W. Ambler, Michael E. Stevens, James Linn, Vikas Sharan, and Elias K. Jo write about the difference between architectural patterns vs. system metaphors.
Key Take Aways
Here’s my key take aways:

Metaphors are …