Author Archives: drewberk

If your custom software investment feels like a bottomless pit, this post is for you! There are two ways to manage a software project: Focus on getting a lot of tasks done. Focus on building software that meets your business objectives. While most development managers just focus on getting tasks completed, as a business leader, you focus on adding revenue to your bottom line. You know it’s important to add value with every line of code written. Click here to schedule a free 15 minute call If your process isn’t working, give me a call at (573) 944-2667 or fill out our contact form. There’s no obligation, at all. I start with a free consultation to help you understand what’s really happening in your development process. Many business leaders don’t actually know. Focus On Your Business Objective If you don’t manage your team strategically, the endless backlog of “features” will keep your developers busy while your business slowly dies. As a…

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Winning: One Pitch At a Time

I am a little league baseball coach. I didn’t play baseball growing up, so I don’t have experiential knowledge to lean on. Instead, I had to learn the game while coaching. One of the first things I learned is you can’t win if your pitcher doesn’t throw strikes. Period. Pitching is a very slippery slope in little league. Just lobbing a ball into the strike zone has good chance of getting a strike. A few balls thrown outside the strike zone means the batter walks to first base. It takes, at the most, 3 walked batters for the other team to start scoring a point every time another batter is walked. Confidence erodes quickly when this happens. The young pitcher’s face and body reflect what’s going on in their mind.  As confidence erodes, more and more pitches fail to make it into the strike zone. A snowball of bad pitches,…

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Failure. It’s a fact. You WILL fail. We all fail. Don’t let that be the end of your story. “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”– Samuel Beckett Every single one of us failed to walk on our first attempt. Some of us got hurt trying. Nonetheless, we continued to get up and try again scars, and all. Each failure was part of the lesson. With each step, we learned more about balance, fine motor skills, and coordination. Failure is a natural part of the process. Embrace it. Learn from it. Let failure teach you about how to succeed. It is PART of the story, but it isn’t the whole story. A lesson from Big Bird. I don’t know when or how this got stuck in my head, but I found myself singing it to my kids when they’d get down about something they failed…

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Transitioning from an on-site team to fully remote is daunting regardless of the circumstances. Trying to do that over the course of a day or a week is overwhelming to say the least. If you’re one of the many leaders who have found yourself struggling to get a remote team going, don’t despair. There is hope. We’re a 100% remote team with decades of experience working from home. We collaborate across time zones and country borders. Our consultants are located in North America, from the east coast to the west coast, and our clients are as far away as Australia. Nonetheless, we keep everything running smooth and everyone well informed. We are not rookies. We manage large projects for international clients with multi-million dollar annual revenues. We know what we’re doing and we’re good at it. Below I’ll share a few of the most important things we’ve learned, so you…

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