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Fred Brooks was right

“There is no single development, in either technology or management technique, which by itself promises even one order of magnitude improvement within a decade in productivity, in reliability, in simplicity.”
Fred Brooks, 1986. (Emphasis is my own.)

In an industry that moves as fast as ours does, that’s a startling statement.  We are bombarded by processes, software or media which claim to be the perfect solution for all our problems.  This, in turn, has caused us to become dissatisfied with slow, long-lasting improvements.

Want proof?  How many times this week did you hear people talking about:
1. A new framework that would fix everything wrong with the front-end
2. A new killer feature that would 10x sales
3. A shiny new agile process that’s better than scrum
4. A new project management tool that would get everyone on the same page

We are all in search of the next big thing that promises to transform us, our team and our business.

But Mr. Brooks was right.  There’s No Silver Bullet to fix our woes.  But he does offer practical advice which has stood the test of time.

Weeds grow fast.  Trees grow slow.

Today, avoid looking for a radical new solution to your problems.
Instead, find one small thing that you and your team can improve, and talk with your team about that change.  Just one change, not all of them.
Then do it again on Monday.

If you can make this a habit, your team will steadily grow and weather the storms that come.

About Marcus Blankenship

Where other technical coaches focus on process or tools, I focus on the human aspects of your Programmer to Manager transition. I help you hire the right people, create the right culture, and setup the right process which achieves your goals. Managing your team isn't something you learned in college. In fact, my clients often tell me "I never prepared for this role, I always focused on doing the work". If you're ready to improve your leadership, process and team, find out how I can help you.

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