Why Do So Many Projects Deliver Late? (And How to Avoid this on our Projects)

Why do so many projects deliver late and how do we avoid it? Eliyahu Goldratt in his book Critical Chain, observed that when we give estimates we often secretly add some padding to the figure. This is our safety margin, because we all confuse the word estimate with commitment. Now you might think that in […]
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Know Why You Want To Learn

Have you ever asked yourself, “What am I doing here?” while sitting in a class? I have and almost everyone I know has had that experience. When that happens, it is unlikely that you or I learned much. Learning and training professionals correctly advocate beginning a course or a class and even each chapter or […]
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Beware the Local Minima

My career would probably be going better if I were not so easily distracted. A recent distraction occurred when I was browsing for some simple Keras code to test an installation of Intel’s PlaidML library. I came across a linear regression performed using Keras but the graph didn’t look quite right. There were more points […]
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Introduction to Gantt Charts: A Tool For Everyone Part Two

In the first part of this Introduction, I talked about some of the basic use of a Gantt chart and some of the essential features. I will expand on both of those in this post. To help make that easier, I have edited the Gantt chart from last time. (It is a Public Domain image […]
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Battle of the Planning Tools: Gantt Charts versus Burndown Charts

In this article I will look at two useful planning techniques: creating Gantt Charts and creating Burndown Charts. Both have their pluses and minuses. Gantt Charts were named after Henry Gantt, who invented them in the early part of the twentieth century. Burndown Charts are often used in agile environments to track the progress of […]
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