First partial “exam”

The first partial covers the first eleven chapters of the book Deadline. I’ll summarize all of the things that I’ve learned from Mr. Tompkins during my reading. As I wrote every single review I tried to find websites that complemented the given information, either by stating different points of view on whatever subject was being discussed or by providing updated information. I will try to focus a little more on these.

“203” flickr photo by thecmn shared into the public domain using (PDM)

Risks and risk management

Risks are threats that every organization has to deal with, not the kind of threat that others make looking for the company to stay out, but rather the ones that are caused by management errors, accidents or other factors.

Identifying and controlling these risks is what is known as risk management.

There are multiple processes, approaches and standards regarding this subject, and there are several things that have to be taken into consideration before opting for one of them.

Regardless of the chosen approach, the intention of risk management is making said threats do as little damage as possible.


There are some common mistakes that managers make when trying to improve their employees’ productivity that actually end up being counterproductive. One of them is mentioned in the story: when employees are distracted or paralyzed by fear (sometimes caused by the manager).

Also, there’s no way of immediately improving productivity in the workspace, but after some time and effort, productivity improvement may be apparent in the long-term. It’s, in a way, an investment.

Gut feelings

One of the essential components of a good manager. It’s that little voice that tells you if you’ve found what you were seeking for or if you need to keep looking even if the opposite seems true. This may not be much of a technical term, but people with tons of management experience affirm that learning to identify and listen to those feelings can be very helpful.


There are many techniques that can be used when conducting interviews that can let you know more about the candidates and help you find the best ones quicker. One of the most common tricks is to stay quiet for an uncomfortably long amount of time and see how people react. Apparently, this can tell you a lot about a person, and can allow you to see things that would normally be unnoticed.

Project failures

A lot of software projects fail. In 2017, 14% of all IT projects failed, but 31% didn’t meet their goals, 43% exceeded their original budgets and 49% were late on delivery. It’s a lot more common than it may seem.

Project termination

Sometimes it’s necessary to know when to terminate a project before it’s even delivered. The reasons for termination may vary from one company to another, but regardless of it, the decision by itself may help to not waste working efforts.

System dynamics

An approach that allows to model and simulate the behavior of complex systems by using several components, including loops, time delays and table functions. There are multiple programs that allow to create and test these models. They can be useful to predict and adjust some factors that may be too complicated due to the number of variables affecting them.

Bad bosses

There are some indicators that can tell you if your boss is not precisely the best there is. The most prominent one in the story is refusing to listening to logical reasoning from his employees and demanding certain things to be done just for the sake of it. This happens very often, and sadly some people have no choice but to get used to it.

Guest speakers

Honestly, even if they gave us lots of advice and information, I have to say that the thing that had the biggest impact on me was that I actually have a shot at working my dream job. It’s been a couple of years since I decided that my ultimate goal would be to work in the videogame industry. The first ~three guests had actual experience with videogame companies, and they motivated me to keep chasing my dream.

Mr. Tompkins’ journal helps me finding the keywords that I can use to search for new information and allows me to learn a little more.

“203” flickr photo by thecmn shared into the public domain using (PDM)

As for the things I made during this period: I tried to create a simple RPG game using Google Slides because I thought that’d be an easier alternative than writing these entries (since they take me a lot of time to write). It didn’t work, but I’m still trying to figure out what else I can do.

Right now, I’m several assignments behind, so I hope I can make some time to catch up. I’ve read some more chapters of the book, but the reviews are still pending. I’m enjoying the reading, and I want to enjoy making the entries too.

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