September 24th, 2003


Gym. Session 74 of 124. Legs.

One again started with the hack squat, and then when moving to the leg press, did something a little bit different. Steve dialed the weight down 50%, and then had me do them with one leg. That really took it out of me. I guess my legs are different strengths at different angles, and they had been passing the weight back and forth. Making each one "stand on it's own", so to speak, really kicked it up a notch.

After that, did step-ups, ball-wall squats, lunges, and calf raises. There was no time and no need for leg extentions and leg raises.

I forsee myself limping a bit on Friday, but getting a fair bit stronger after a few weeks. The single leg press is going to be on the task list for some months.

Managing software development like managing construction work?

"What are you doing here?" they asked.

They were construction foremen, superintendents and project managers attending a course in construction planning from the Lean Construction Institute (LCI). Indeed, what was I doing there?

I started to explain: "In software development, we are told we should manage our projects like construction projects, where a building is designed at the start, cost and schedule are predictable, and customers get what they expect."

Silence. "You're kidding, right?" "No, honest, that's what we're told."

Incredulity turns to laughter. The idea that programmers would want to manage projects like the construction industry strikes my classmates as ludicrous.