Posts filed under: Culture and Relationships

Culture and Relationships

This page contains posts by Jayme related to the culture at software companies and how people work together to produce winning products. People are harder to control than technology, and putting everyone under tight chains of process actually inhibits their creativity and problem solving.

The culture on a team, or at a company, can encompass a variety of aspects. The history of the company, successes and setbacks, and the attitudes and values of the staff will impact how you need to communicate to inspire.

In the 20+ years I’ve produced software, no other skill has proven more valuable to my career than the ability to influence culture and relationships. It literally can transform you from an “independent contributor” to a “leader” in the eyes of your superiors and colleagues.


Think back to the last time you released to your customers. There was probably a brief feeling of satisfaction, hopefully a validation from the customer that you delivered what they wanted, and your team learned a thing or two about...
Over the years that I’ve worked on teams developing software, I regularly hear of the “three legged stool”, a metaphor for balancing three opposing aspects of the development process. The metaphor works well because if any leg of a stool...
I’m just starting to approach 1 and 1/2 years as a software consultant after 12 years at product development companies. Making the switch has been an invigorating, at times frustrating, job. Here are some random things I’ve learned while making...
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