How To Have Better Conversations

At Steelray, every employee attends a seminar called “Fierce Conversations,” taught by Larry Hart and based on the book by Susan Scott. We hold all these lessons to heart and firmly believe that effective communication is a pillar to great teamwork, which in turn creates excellent products, and is a baseline for our really cool… Continue reading How To Have Better Conversations

Women’s Empowerment & Bravery

We discovered another great TED Talk, this time by Reshma Saujani, the founder of the non-profit organization Girls Who Code which supports efforts to increase the number of women in computer science. Saujani draws attention to the tough issue of the gender imbalance in the technology industry. She recognizes aspects of our socialization that affect… Continue reading Women’s Empowerment & Bravery

Analyzer 2018.5 Release is Live

We are excited to announce the availability of Steelray Project Analyzer 2018.5, a major release of Analyzer!  This is the biggest release of Analyzer in many years. What’s new in 2018.5? DoD DCMA EVAS Metrics Analyzer 2018.5 includes support for all of the latest schedule metrics that DCMA is using on their EVAS schedule assessments.… Continue reading Analyzer 2018.5 Release is Live

Alan – The Artifically Intelligent PM Assistant

Dateline: December, 2024 — Steelray launches Alan, our (fictional) Artificially Intelligent Assistant Project Manager. Let’s follow along as Alan takes on the day. Alan begins early by checking his news feed, noting that dock workers in Brazil are threatening to strike in January. He sends an alert to the risk analyst, checking to see if… Continue reading Alan – The Artifically Intelligent PM Assistant

Seven Business Practices that Need a Second Look

According to this recent article on Nautilus, there’s a long-held belief in educational systems around the world: Cursive handwriting is an important and valuable skill that should be learned by all children at an early age. The thinking is: It’s faster than manuscript It helps with spelling It helps with dyslexia So, cursive is taught… Continue reading Seven Business Practices that Need a Second Look

The Four Stages of Team Competence

Recently a recruiter reached out to me about a three-month Scrum Master role. Was I interested? No, I love my job at Steelray. Did I know of anybody? Well, maybe, but…three months? A Scrum Master’s core objective is to foster highly aligned, high-performing development teams, which takes time?certainly longer than a few months. Here’s why:… Continue reading The Four Stages of Team Competence