From Discord to Synergy: Utilizing the Evaporating Cloud for Conflict Resolution in Software Projects

Brad Jolicoeur - 06/08/2023
Goldratt provides 6 thinking processes as part of TOC and two of them are systematic approaches for resolving conflict. These thinking processes are Evaporating Cloud (Conflict Resolution Diagram) and Current Reality Tree (CRT). The evaporating cloud process is the simpler approach that can be used to solve most conflicts and is a frequently used tool in my toolbelt.
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Achieving Faster Delivery: Harnessing the Theory of Constraints in Software Development

Brad Jolicoeur - 06/03/2023
The Theory of Constraints (TOC) is a management philosophy and methodology developed by Eliyahu M. Goldratt. It focuses on improving organizational performance by identifying and addressing constraints, which are bottlenecks or limiting factors that impede the system's ability to achieve its goals.
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Maturity Model for Lasting Change

Brad Jolicoeur - 11/30/2019
Change is hard as a individual. Implementing lasting change in a team or organization is probably one of the most difficult things one can attempt. I say lasting change, because it is easy to impose short term change, but hard to make that change stick.
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Stop Planning Based on Guesses

Brad Jolicoeur - 03/28/2019
Meditating on a software development task and picking a random number is a guess. There are other methods that provide equally effective methods of planning that do not include guesses.
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Adopting New Technology

Brad Jolicoeur - 02/25/2019
Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt, author of The Goal and father of the Theory of Constrain identified Four questions necessary to realize the full benefits of adopting a new technology. These Four questions can be used to help your organization realize order of magnitude advantages when adopting new technologies like the Cloud.
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If Everyone Is Responsible, No One Is

Brad Jolicoeur - 11/25/2018
The notion that developers are light bulbs and any developer or team of developers will output the same code or have the same perspective on every pattern seems to be pervasive at pretty much every company I have worked for over the last 20 years. I believe there is a better way to organize your teams so that they have well defined boundaries and ownership of outcomes.
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Technical Leader Reading List

Brad Jolicoeur - 09/26/2018
Over the years I have read countless management and technical books and of those books there are a select few that had a profound impact on how I view the world and my capabilities as a leader. I have put together this list of books to share so that others can benefit from their knowledge and so I can remind myself of some books I should periodically read.
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