Monday, November 24, 2014

Being an Effective Manager means being an Effective Coach

Being an Effective Manager means being an Effective Coach. A coach needs to know very well each client. They will all be different, they will have different objectives, they will be able to achieve different goals. However all of clients must be willing to be trained and coached. The coach bases his individual plan on the client existing and needed skills, the ability to perform based on personal goals and the personal will of the individual to succeed. The relationship is bidirectional though, if the will is poor on any side, and/or the ability does not match expected goals, and/or if the skills does not match expected level then the client and the coach are not a good fit for each other.

Management is not any different. Each person is valuable one way or another but nobody is a good match for all type of jobs. The will is necessary, no brainer. As team member is expected to be driven by a will to contribute to the culture, value and profit of the whole group. Skill and Ability are a different story.

The difference between skill and ability is very subtle. I tend to think that a team member has an ability problem when all the manager resources to improve the skills of such "direct" have been tried without success. Of course the development of skills and ability of the "direct" will be affected by the skills and ability of the manager. So then how can we be effective managers?

To be effective managers we need to know each of our directs. They are all different and so in order to set them all for the biggest possible success we need to work in a personalized way with them. I think Managers have a lot to learn from the Montessori school. This is a daily task, if you are or want to be a manager you have to love teaching and caring for others successes.

Java NoSuchAlgorithmException - SunJSSE,$DefaultSSLContext

This is one of those misleading issues coming from a log trace which does not tell you the real cause. Most likely if you scroll up in the log file you will find something like:
Caused by: Error constructing implementation (algorithm: Default, provider: SunJSSE, class: ... Caused by: /opt/tomcat/certs/customcert.p12 (No such file or directory) ...
As a general rule restart the jvm and pay attention to absolutely all errors ;-)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

javax.script.ScriptException: Encountered code generation error while compiling script: generated bytecode for method exceeds 64K limit

We got this error after upgrading libreoffice as it replaced the symlink "/usr/bin/java -> /etc/alternatives/java" which was still java 6. This issue was corrected in Java 7 so replacing the symlink with the hotspot jdk7 or up should resolve the problem.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Libreoffice hanging in headless mode unless using root user

A simple 'libreoffice --headless --help' hanging? Be sure ~/.config exists and its content is owned by the current user:
mkdir -p ~/.config
chown -R `logname`:`logname` ~/.config
The above did not work in Ubuntu 12.04 which runs version 3.5. However you can install in 12.04 the same version run in 14.04:
sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-4-2 && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install libreoffice && libreoffice --version
In our case there were zillions of these processes stuck in the background BTW so we had to kill them manually:
pkill libreoffice
pkill oosplash
pkill soffice.bin

Monday, November 03, 2014

The path '.' appears to be part of a Subversion 1.7 or greater

Subversion asking for an upgrade for example after command 'svn status -u' ?
svn: The path '.' appears to be part of a Subversion 1.7 or greater working copy. Please upgrade your Subversion client to use this working copy.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Thread safe concurrent svn update

Subversion (svn) update is not thread safe which means you cannot script an update that could interfere with some other update process or otherwise you will face:
svn: Working copy '.' locked svn: run 'svn cleanup' to remove locks (type 'svn help cleanup' for details)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Kanban as a driver for continuous delivery

Our Kanban journey so far has been a rewarding experience. You can check my presentation on Continuous delivery to learn why and vote for yet another presentation on the subject in the upcoming 2014 ITPalooza event. The more likes I get the better chances I have to win a spot for the presentation.