Economic engineering

--Originally published at Erick learning experience

Economic engineering is knowledge that help a manager to be effective and make easier the decision making. Normally an engineer would say that the only thing he has to know is how to program or how to solve a problem specialized in their field, but that is not true.

When the engineer starts making decisions on how and what is necessary to solve the problem it involve money and knowing some basics of economics are needed to take decisions based on the benefits, inflation, risks and costs and with all that information decide if the project is viable or not.

Some concepts that I consider important are:

Initial cost: The cost that is expected to get the project started.

Maintenance cost: The cost that is needed to update the product.

Interest Rate: The rate received from an investment.

Finance: allocation, management, acquisition and investment of resources in other words risks, time, taxes,

Accounting: The ability of someone to know the results of their investment, like profit expected or looses.

Cash flow: the movement of money into or out the business or project, this concept is important to take decisions because without it the business can’t have a clear vision of how much money they have to spend and how much money they are receiving.

Inflation: The same things costs more than before.

Taxation: Money request by the government called income taxes, this is important to consider because it can lead to problems of thinking that a project can be very profitable but at the end it was not because the high income taxes that the business has to pay.

In my opinion all these concepts of economy are important to know as a engineer to make some decisions about a project and minimize risks and be more immerse with the Continue reading "Economic engineering"

Deadline part 1 & 2

--Originally published at TI2011 – The Broken Wallflower

This is a picture of the cover of the book- Amazon

For those who doesn’t know what The deadline is, the deadline is a novel by Tom DeMarco published in 1997, this is one risky project because it tries to teach how does the software project management works using a novel as it’s conductor, the story is about a man who is kidnapped by an organization who is trying to reclute the best talents in order to become one big organization capable of developing world leadership systems.

During these posts we are going to disccus about the adventures that the main character faces during the book, and give our point of view about the novel chapters, with no further to say lets analyse chapters 1 and 2.

Part 1

For the fist part of the book the novel introduce us to an auditorium, where apparently there is a program that will teach the audience how to take advantage of the upcoming oportunities, and notice when an oportunity is given to them. The main character, Mr Tompkins, seems like he does not what to be there because as soon as the novel starts it tell us that Tompkins has ben asleep in the back seats of the auditorium for around an hour, where of couse he has been no been paying attention to the event, as soon as he wakes up the noticed that a well loking woman is sitting right next to him.

Mr Topkins starts asking the woman about the conference that is being given but seems like she does not what to talk about it, little did Mr Topkins know that this woman is sitting next to him for a reason, they are sitting so far behind that they are able to talk without interrupting the event, so

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Review on Chapter 1 & 2 of “The Deadline: A Novel about Project Management”

--Originally published at Project Evaluation and Management Reflections

The first two chapters serve as an introduction into the story. The story starts right away with a description of Mr. Tompkins, a systems manager, and his status as an ReSOE – an employee „Released to Seek Opportunities Elsewhere.“ Along with thousands of other employees of the telephone and communciations company, he is attending a program that includes presentations and trainings for ReSOEs. His boredom and ironic reflections on the program clearly demonstrate that, in fact, the program is only superficial to keep employees who are not needed anymore entertained.
After falling asleep, he meets Lahska Hoolihan, an industrial spy and agent from the fictional country Morovia. As she tells him that her job is to kidnap other people, their conversation turns into a conversation about managing people, the most important task of managers. Tompkins states that „getting the right people for the right job. That´s what makes the difference between a good manager and a drone.“
During the second chapter, he recalls a conversation during a corporate project management training class with the instructur Edgar Kalbfuss. The memory is a practical example for many people who immediately think of GANNT charts, project milestones and so on when talking about project management.
Tompkins on the contrary sees the focus on managing people, which includes mainly the following four essential ingredients of management:
1. Hiring
2. Matching people to jobs
3. Motivating
4. Team building

This point of view of Mr. Tompkins is probably the reason why Lahska Hoolihan is kidnapping him to help Morovia build a new software factory as their manager.

For more information on the book discussed, see: „The Deadline: A Novel about Project Management (Enlaces a un sitio externo.)“ by Tom DeMarco

Chapter 1

--Originally published at Erick learning experience

One of my first impressions while I was reading this chapter was that this book is going to be just theory and that stuff but when I start reading more the chapter was kind of funny, the most interesting was when Tompkins start talking with Lahksa Hoolihan about who was she and start talking about the importance of knowing who to kidnap, when she start talking like about that I start thinking about what I was reading and in my opinion if someone tell me that is kidnapper I would not accept a drink of that person but in the shoes of Tompkins it was a good idea because it was Dr. Pepper and most important it was a diet Dr. Pepper so why not?

Talking about more serious thing about the first chapter I agree in the part that one of the most important thing about a company is to get the right people but is one of the most complicated thing because get those persons is not cheap but is a crucial part to make a company a success.

Chapter 2

I start this second chapter hoping to know what happen to Mr. Tompkins and I agree with Tompkins that this chapter it’s like to be on drugs, becuase in my opinion they are explaining some important stuff in the manner of Project Management in a very strange but interesting way, the things that I keep as the most important of this chapter is the importance of bring attention to the people, teach them how to make teams, make them feel as part of the team, make sure they stay healthy, the importance of letting express themselves.

The Deadline Chapter 1 & 2

--Originally published at TI2011 – Alex’s Barn

Hi again.

After a cold winter holiday, bunch of hours of procrastinating personal projects, and working on two novels, I come back to school. New projects, new perspectives, new emotions.

This semester, I had to take the “Evaluation Project” lecture and, one of the goals is reading “The Deadline” novel, from Tom DeMarco. After a couple of pages, pop up a concept: P E O P L E.

The Deadline: A Novel About Project Management ,

This made come into my head a story I experienced before.

The intern who learned manage people.

Last summer, during my internship, the host Enterprise made groups of 3 interns and formed teams with them. The main goal was each team had to develop their own mobile application, in order to solve a critical social issue.

No problemo till here.

My team was conformed by two girls and me. Let’s call them Ariana and Becka.

Becka & Ariana. Source: VectorStock

Becka was a freshment girl, and If I had to describe her in one word It would be: Excitement. She was always full of energy, Lots of ideas and she couldn’t wait to start working with us. During her first year of college, she had just a couple of programming courses, and her experience in programming was minimal.

On the other hand, we had Ariana. Ariana was a very relaxed girl, who lived in the same city where the enterprise was located. Besides all interns who had to move to that area, she kept living in her parent’s home, keeping her life outside work. She tended to left work on Fridays as soon as possible. Next day, in her stories, you could watch her in an awesome weekend adventure, even in another state. She didn’t looked interested in the project, she Continue reading "The Deadline Chapter 1 & 2"

Deadline: an interesting way of learning project management

--Originally published at TI2011 – Press enter to continue…

Today, I'm here to write about a novel, but not any novel, "The Deadline: A Novel About Project Management." This novel has everything everyone can dream about: spies, corporations complots, and project management. The cover of the book This novel follows Mr. Tompkins (also known as Mr. T.), a recently fired manager trying to catch … Continue reading Deadline: an interesting way of learning project management

Opportunity Knocking and Standing Up to Kalbfuss

--Originally published at Project Evaluation and Management

There’s always an opportunity, you only have to find it. That is what Mr. Thompkins did not expected. During the first chapter of The Deadline: A Novel About Project Management we see how Mr. Tompkins is a heavily prepared manager, but that’s not enough to keep his work, and he is drugged and kidnapped by a Soviet Spy.

During his dream, he finds himself stuck inside a dream-loop in which he remembers his discussion with Mr. Kalbfuss. In this discussion he changed the name of the class to ‘Administrivia’, and he remembers The Four Essential Ingredients Of Management:

  • People Selection
  • Task Matching
  • Motivation
  • Team Formation

The concept of the book is interesting. Since we are able to learn about project management from the perspective of a novel I’m really excited to see what’s going to happen.

Programming for food

--Originally published at TI2011 – Press enter to continue…

As a Computer Science student, it is always about coding, but almost all of us programmers are afraid of everything that is related to business. "Coding for food" retrieved from And I completely understand why we tend to avoid all of this, is basically to much information to learn besides the information related to … Continue reading Programming for food