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Charles Seybold

Charles Seybold is LiquidPlanner’s Chief Product Officer and co-founder. For over 25 years, Charles has been building software tools in one form or another. Stop by the office and he’ll engage you in a creative conversation, and if it’s early enough, take you out for breakfast.

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Cure for project politics: Estimate in realistic ranges

At most companies, we have to deliver or lose our paychecks. Yet, we are so focused on results that we sometimes fool ourselves into thinking that, if we just wish hard enough, it will become a reality. This wishful thinking (plus the bad habit of single-point estimation) creates major political stress between project teams, their...

Project Management 2.0: We’ve seen this shift before

Cross posted from Cloud Ave. A brief history of typists Back before the 1980s there used to be these people called “typists” and they often worked in a “typing pool”. What did they do? Well, when someone had a document that they needed typed they would give the handwritten draft to the typist and she would...

Blurb – hardcopy done right

It’s Friday night so no work stuff in this post. I want to share the word on one of my favorite tools, Blurb.com. This online service lets you make your own bookstore quality books. It has a downloadable layout tool that uploads your design and content and bada bing, 7-10 days later real books shows up...

The High Cost of Missed Deadlines

The 2006 film “Who Killed the Electric Car” explores General Motors’ tragic decision to pull the plug on the EV-1, it’s pioneering purpose-built electric car. We all know what’s happened since then. Now, GM is making a big bet that the Chevy Volt, its new plug-in hybrid will reverse years of balance sheet bleeding and...

Google SketchUp, my newest planning tool

I rarely pass up a chance to play with a new software tool, but with all the work on LiquidPlanner I’ve not had that much time for this interest. Fortunately a project found me. In this case, planning for a kids bedroom remodel. Finally I had an excuse to stay up to 3:00 in the...

Software’s Classic Mistakes gets updated

Steve McConnell, author of Rapid Development and other great books on software engineering, has updated his list of software’s classic mistakes. If you follow the link to the Construx site, Steve has a summary and links to more resources, but you’ll need to register for the extra stuff. Looking at the list, we find some old favorites at...

Estimates vs. Targets

On Monday I attended an Executive Breakfast put on by Construx Software. Steve McConnell, renowned author of books like Code Complete and also one of our advisors, discussed the “10 Deadly Sins of Software Estimation.” Not surprisingly, most of the audience chuckled knowingly after each “sin” was read aloud. And even as one of the few non-developers at LiquidPlanner, I...

Have a plan, but don’t be a slave to it

People who know me know that I like to have a plan, but I’m the first one to stray from it. This may seem like a strange contradiction or worse hypocrisy, but here’s my justification: if everything goes according to plan, the best outcome is limited to your initial imagination. I’m not willing to settle...

How hard can it be?

If you build software for a living, you surely have eaten these words at least once. My last major utterance was about two years ago when I said to Jason and Bruce, “How hard can it be to build a project management tool that doesn’t suck?”. I said it about the time we had just...

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