The Joy and Horror of Blogtag

I’ve been blogtagged by Stewart Rogers over at the Product Management View. To keep the game of tag going, here are 5 things you didn’t know about me, until now:

  • My degree is in Radio-Television-Film from The University of Texas. I decided Austin was too good to leave and who in their right mind would want to live in L.A. anyway?! So I taught myself how to program and hooked up with a tech company where I transitioned to Product Management and was eventually acquired by Cisco Systems. A fun ride!
  • I’ve built a computer for every member of my family and half of my wife’s family. Ugh, I think I’m getting a tech support call now…
  • I am a 24 and Battlestar Galactica junkie.
  • I love motorcycles and classic muscle cars. My dream car is a 1969 Plymouth Road Runner. I plan on buying one in 2008 to fix up.
  • I dream of starting my own business. Areas I’m looking at are: presence, biodiesel, micropayments, and anything catering to all the boomers who are about to retire with tons of disposable income.
My future car...

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  • Reply Doug’s Weblog » Blog Archive » I see your blogtag and raise you… something February 10, 2007 at 8:35 pm

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  • Reply Andrew Breese February 11, 2007 at 6:58 pm

    great little point you’ve got in there – don’t play the developer treadmill game. If you have to play a game, treat it like every task is an opportunity to know the developer better, and understand their mindset more.

    I’ve found that approaching a coder and saying “You need to” will mostly fail, but saying “can you help me solve a problem?” will often get their attention.

    Next task is to watch for the PM BS detector, and see if you can understand why the time frame is so long/short. Often the Dev feels like they were hung out to dry last time, or they may not understand the problem enough yet.

    Keep ’em talking for an extra few minutes and see what you can learn.

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