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Know What You Don’t Know

July 18th, 2005 by Hans Bjordahl :: 4 Comments

If there’s one lesson I’ve seen repeated over and over again in the tech field, it’s this: Know what you don’t know.

Follow this simple rule and, at worst, you’ll have to detour a bit to get a clarification or some new information. Bluff your way through, however, and it’s a short, slippery slope to the worst case scenario, with each bluff compounding on the last. Hint: If you’re already leading a 30-person Java implementation, it’s way too late to go back to the boss and admit you picked the technology because you like coffee.

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Bug Bash is a comic strip written and illustrated by Hans Bjordahl. Bug Bash is a comic strip about technology: managing technology, the business of technology. It's about project management and managing projects through the dull world of Rational Rose, use cases, and requirements. Functional requirements, user requirement, functional specifications, design specifications, call it what you want but it's still the bane of project managers. And when you're done with that, you can think about all the fun that comes with timelines, scheduling, estimates (PERT estimation anyone?) and resourcing until Gantt charts are coming out of your ears. Let's not forget the risk management in the software engineering life cycle. Maintaining the project is just as much fun, managing what was initially set out in requirements and trying to keep feature creep / scope creep in check with change management. If any of these words send nightmares to you, the project manager, then this site probably rings true with you. (Who Links Here?)