Archive for the ‘Management Bits and Tips’ Category

Forthcoming Management Bits: An Anthology from Reductionist Manager

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Being a software engineer, the author penetrated a software technical support department of a major software company rising to a management position. There he started collecting various management bits and tips promising everyone to write a management book. After moving back to engineering he became a director of several software research, education, publishing and software behavior analysis consultancy institutions including a museum. This book is an anthology of selected and edited blog posts from his Management Bits and Tips blog.

What this book has to do with the crash dump analysis then? Considering metaphorically an organization as a software machine, teams as processes and individuals as threads the author had applied his unique knowledge of software crashes and hangs to organizational project failures.

  • Title: Management Bits: An Anthology from Reductionist Manager
  • Author: Dmitry Vostokov
  • Publisher: OpenTask (September 2010)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9
  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906717131

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Overcoming Resistance

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

A picture taken during my recent visit to Peterhof (one of the 7 wonders of Russia):

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ManagementBits update (May - June, 2009)

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Monthly summary of my Management Bits and Tips blog:

Local Workplace Guides

On Management Amnesia

Hidden Transcripts

Management Bit and Tip 0×8000

Downfloored or Upfloored? 

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ManagementBits update (April, 2009)

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Monthly summary of my Management Bits and Tips blog:

Flattening My Management

Strategic and Tactical Personal Learning

Customer Relationship Martyr 

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ManagementBits update (February, 2009)

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Monthly summary of my Management Bits and Tips blog including January posts:

Management Bit and Tip 0×2000

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A Thread Was Killed 

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ManagementBits update (October, 2008)

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Monthly summary of my Management Bits and Tips blog:

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ManagementBits update (June - August, 2008)

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

I wasn’t active last 3 months although I have many cached managerial thoughts in my Moleskine notebook that I plan to start publishing in September.

ManagementBits Blog:

Expectations, expectations…

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I don’t remember whether I told this before or not but all management bits are available in a handy bit string here:

Management Bit String

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Opentask publishing plans

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

In July-August Opentask publisher plans to have its own website. In the mean time here is the additional list of books to be published in the next 5-7 years starting from 2009 onwards:

- Memiotics (ISBN-13: 978-1906717087)

- Voice Recognition: Command and Control (ISBN-13: 978-1906717094)

- Memory Analysis: An Interdisciplinary Approach (ISBN-13: 978-1906717117)

- Deep Down C++ (ISBN-13: 978-1906717124)

- Management Bits: An Anthology from Reductionist Manager (ISBN-13: 978-1906717131)

- Classical, Quantum and Nonlinear Memoretics (ISBN-13: 978-1906717186)

- Crash Dump: A Software Engineering Autobiography (ISBN-13: 978-1906717193)

- Memoidealism: A New Kind of Philosophy (ISBN-13: 978-1906717209)

including 10-volume edition of Software Engineering Notebooks:

- Software Engineering Notebooks, Volume 1 (ISBN-13: 978-1906717148)

Details will be announced later on the publisher’s website.

Note: the book about voice recognition stands apart from the others. This is actually the title of the first book I wanted to write 5 years ago.

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LiterateScientist and ManagementBits update (May, 2008)

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

ManagementBits Blog:

Management Bit and Tip 0×400

Managing Reading via Cooperative Multireading

LiterateScientist Blog:

The Science of Sherlock Holmes

Is it Safe to Eat?

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LiterateScientist and ManagementBits update (April, 2008)

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

Not too many new posts. Will try to catch up in May. 

ManagementBits Blog:

Managing Reading via Preemptive Multireading

LiterateScientist Blog:

Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich

The Fall of Berlin 1945

The Hundred-Year Lie

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LiterateScientist and ManagementBits update (March, 2008)

Monday, March 31st, 2008

I was very busy this month with the forthcoming Memory Dump Analysis Anthology Volume 1 plus I had a business trip to Redmond and therefore I really didn’t have enough time to contribute well to other my blogs. Nevertheless I finished reading Incompleteness book during my transatlantic flights, started reading two others and here is the small update:

LiterateScientist Blog:

Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Godel

The Philosophers Toolkit

ManagementBits Blog:

The Science of Career Promotions

Management Bit and Tip 0×200

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ManagementBits update (February, 2008)

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Next monthly summary of my Management Bits and Tips blog:

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ManagementBits update (January, 2008)

Friday, February 1st, 2008

Next monthly summary of my Management Bits and Tips blog:

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ManagementBits update (December, 2007)

Friday, January 4th, 2008

As promised I’m posting here the first monthly summary of my Management Bits and Tips blog where I introduced the port of crash dump analysis patterns to project failure analysis patterns.

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Management Bits and Tips blog

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

To disassociate management activities and thoughts with crashes and hangs I have created a separate blog called

Management Bits and Tips

with the subtitle “Reflections on Software Engineering and Software Technical Support Management”.

Although, in the future, I reserve the right to metaphorically relate crash and hang dump analysis patterns with technical and people management.

All future posts in Management Bits and Tips category and related posts in Software Techical Support category will go there and here I will only post monthly or bi-monthly summary.

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Flawless writing with Google

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

Management Bits and Tips 0×1 - Many managers have flawless writing skills (bit). Use Google to check your writing (tip).

It is especially important for non-native English speakers like me. You can search simple sub-sentences and their alterations to compare search results.

For example, today I had a discussion about this sub-sentence:

“It’s main advantage is “

It gives 539 search results. However the sentence without apostrophe

“Its main advantage is “

gives 8,870 search results. Let’s check combinations with two “it”.

  • “It’s main advantage is it’s ” - 192
  • “Its main advantage is it’s ” - 0
  • “It’s main advantage is its ” - 299
  • “Its main advantage is its ” - 836

So you get the idea of what is more correct or more widely used from descriptive grammar point of view. 

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Management: Analysis and Synthesis

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

I created “Management Bits and Tips” category to write my thoughts on management and just realized how this category title fits into grand scientific modeling approach:

Analysis (Bits) -> Synthesis (Tips)

Contrast this with pure analytic approaches

  • “Management Bits”
  • “Management Bytes”
  • “Management Bits and Bytes”

or with pure synthetic approach “Management Tips”.

I was thinking about “Management QWords” category but abandoned that thought because QWord sounds to me as an abbreviation to “Cursing Words”. “Management DWords” ?

Perhaps I have to start a separate blog otherwise debugging community will complain for this off topic :-)

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Expertise-Driven Motivation

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

There are many X-Driven motivations out there but I prefer expertise-driven individuals, motivated by the desire to become experts. It is not bullshit as you might think. It is more like a persistent psychological state found in researchers and scientists and the best results are guaranteed when it is supplemented by money-driven positive feedback loop. I’ve seen such people in both software engineering and software technical support environments. It is very interesting topic and I might come back to it later.

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