People are the issue

Jamie Barrows

I’ve been reading a programmers blog called Coding Horror recently. It can get pretty technical in some of it’s articles, so if you aren’t into programming I wouldn’t recommend it. If you are into programming, it really is a great blog and one you should start reading. Despite the programming focus, the latest article I think is one that applies to a lot of different industries. Not just IT based ones. So I thought I would post about it here.

The article is called, No Matter What They Tell You, It’s a People Problem. The gist of the article is that the main reason why software projects fail is a lack of a cohesive team. It’s not the only reason, but it is a big one. And it’s a reason that is hardly ever looked at or considered. No one wants to think that the reason their project isn’t going well, is because they don’t like or can’t get along with their coworkers.

Here is a quick excerpt from the article that I thought was really telling.

“Do you like the company of your teammates on a personal level? Do you respect your teammates professionally? If you were starting at another company, would you invite your coworkers along? Do you have spirited team discussions or knock-down, drag-out, last man standing filibuster team arguments? Are there any people on your team you’d ‘vote off the island’ if you could?”

So who would you vote off the team in your office?

4 Responses to “People are the issue”

  • Alexander Says:

    This is very right!

    … I’m wondering what’s your personal background for this post…

  • Jamie Barrows Says:

    I’d have to say “no comment” to that question. I have no interest in aggravating anyone.

  • Alexander Says:

    Probably the meant person(s) is reading your blog…

    And (Or) you can find some constructive way of dealing with the situation.
    People are people – you often can’t pick them, but you can probably behave in different ways. And EVERY person is a cog-wheel in the machine. Every change in behaviour can have influences on the behaviour of the others.
    At least this can be a possiblity for positive influences by yourself.

    I am wishing you – and your team-partners – good thoughts and good luck!

  • Jamie Barrows Says:

    Well, this post really wasn’t meant for any one particular person. And I certainly didn’t mean it to be about my current coworkers.

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