Do you Have an Agenda

If you are scheduling or holding a meeting and you DON’T have an Agenda, then I suggest you cancel your meeting and prepare an agenda ASAP.

Usually, there are people who are interested in the outcome of a meeting who will contribute to the items that they would like to have ON the agenda so that you can preview your proposed agenda with them and get their feedback / changes.

Once you have an agreed upon agenda, you can then set up a meeting to invite the appropriate people and send then the agenda before hand so that they can prepare for the topics that will be covered.

At the actual meeting, you will then be able to coordinate the discussions to follow the agenda, take any non-planned topics and put them in a Follow Up or Parking Lot list, capture all the decisions, open questions, and action items from the planned agenda items and, finally, publish the minutes with all the useful and on-topic discoveries.

Just remember that effective meetings start with careful planning. So, prepare an agenda and send it out with your invitations.

Good luck with your Meeting Facilitations.

More Agilist Questions

Based on my earliest interviews, I have added some new questions to my interview plans:

  • When were you introduced to the “Agile Manifesto”?
    • How much do you rely on this Manifesto for your daily work?
  • Do you and your organization run discreet Projects, or would you consider your work on a m ore continuous flow basis?
    • Are there budgets assigned to Projects or development efforts?
    • How are they tracked, reported, projected?
  • Are these roles on your team and can you provide a position onventory or job description for:
    • Integration Engineer
    • Software Engineer
    • Application / Infrastructure Architect
  • What do yo use in place of a SCRUM to update the progress on work items, expected next steps or features, expected releases of the current development work?
  • How is the KANBAN technique used / applied to managing your work schedule?
  • Describe how “technical debt” is used to determine priorities, work schedules, etc?

Thank you, in advance, if you decide to offer your responses to these questions.

bgbg

A Questionnaire for Agilists

I am working on another written piece where the “working title” is “The Agilist: A Series of Perspectives”.

So far I have interviewed several folks who call themselves “Agilists” and I am collecting their thoughts and forming an impression of how I want to write about this new Job Title / Skill set.

Here is the questionnaire for your review / reference. If you would like, please download a copy and fill it out as best you can so that we can schedule a discussion together. Send your responses to me and I will reach out to contact you for follow up.

  • How long have you been an Agilist?
  • How did you discover this title / role?
  • What is your relationship with other roles in your Agile projects?
    • Business Owner
    • Process Analyst
    • Story Boarder
    • Scrum Master
    • Scribe
  • In your role as Agilist, do you consider yourself a (Why or Why Not?)
    • Facilitator
    • Business Function Expert
    • Project / SCRUM Leader
    • Business / Scope Owner
    • Integration Designer
    • Project / Program Manager
    • Infrastructure Architect
    • Software Engineer
    • Resource / Performance Manager
    • Budget Manager
  • When engaged in the development of Story Boards, do you use any techniques for elaborating the details within and / or around each Story Board entry?
  • How do you determine when there is enough detail included in a set of Story Boards to release them to a SPRINT for development and roll out?
  • What factors are included in deciding that some feature of Story Board entry will be posted to a Back Log rather than in the current SPRINT development efforts?
  • How do you determine when “re-factoring” is required?
  • Where and when do you introduce the re-factoring needs to the Story Boarding and SPRINT processes?
  • How do you determine when your Story Boarding efforts should be concluded?
  • How do you reconcile the features included in the app with the Story Board items?

Thank you, bgbg

Free Website Grader

While searching for some other “stuff”, I found a link to a FREE Website Grader tool that does some evaluations on web sites SO I figured I would try it out on THIS website: http://www.thepathtoinkc.com

Here are the results: https://website.grader.com/tests/www.thepathtoinkc.com?utm_source=mktg-resources&utm_id=607212716856&utm_medium=paid&utm_term=marketing_hubspot_EN&utm_campaign=Marketing_MQLs_EN_NAM_NAM_Brand-HubSpot_e_m_campaignid804389993_agid43208773113_google&utm_content=&hsa_ver=3&hsa_net=adwords&hsa_acc=2734776884&hsa_kw=hubspot&hsa_grp=43208773113&hsa_mt=e&hsa_cam=804389993&hsa_ad=607212716856&hsa_tgt=kwd-298569398281&hsa_src=g&gclid=Cj0KCQjwmouZBhDSARIsALYcour_ECU-C5T75YGLPdZeNGm6Eic7TmDfYNEceOdUwbwMUEM51bC0cP0aAi3SEALw_wcB&__hstc=20629287.0f44ae21e2220b38596239973240a922.1663244896116.1663244896116.1663244896116.1&__hssc=20629287.1.1663244896117&__hsfp=3038205608

Please check it out.

bgbg

Recent Republican Rants

Student Loan Forgiveness

The price tag for Biden’s Student Forgiveness has hidden costs as well. The obvious cost is the face value of the forgiveness (either 10k or 20k). But other expenses need to be added to the price of the Loan Forgiveness.

Civil War Amendment used to Remove PRO-Trump County Commissioner

A New Mexico judge on Tuesday ordered the removal of a county commissioner convicted of participating in the January 6 riot at the Capitol under the 14th Amendment, making him the first public official in more than 100 years to be barred from serving under a constitutional ban on insurrectionists holding office.

Section 3 of the 14th Amendment was enacted during Reconstruction to punish Confederate members for fighting against their country during the Civil War. This section states that no person shall hold any civil or military office under the United States or any state who, having previously taken an oath to “support the Constitution,” had then engaged in rebellion or insurrection.

Are more Pro-Trump members of Congress about to be next?

My Other Blogs

I write.

I read, think, adapt, and absorb.

And then I write.

The blogs that I write are on many different topics and I don’t write new materials in them on a regularly scheduled basis. But I do occasionally post new content on these blogs.

Please check out any one or all of them and join me in a conversation about whatever I have written about OR whatever YOU would like to talk about. I can be reached at bgutches@thepathtoinkc.com or whendoyoustoplooking@gmail.com

Thank you for reading, thinking, and engaging:

Blog NameBlog LinkGeneral Subject
Opinions Are Freehttp://www.opinionsarefree.wordpress.comRandom collection of Opinions – most of these are MINE
Sixty Somethinhttp://www.sixtysomethin.wordpress.comNow that I am 60, I want to write things down before I forget them
Software Engineering Handbookhttp://www.softwareengineeringhandbook.wordpress.comMy experiences and suggestions from my career in Software development and consulting
Project Managment Handbookhttp://www.projectmanagementhandbook.wordpress.comMy ideas about how to manage technology based projects
The Path To Inkchttp://www.thepathtoinkc.comThis web site / blog about my company, service offerings, and other content
Seventy Somethinhttp://www.seventysomethin.wordpress.comMore “old guy” stuff about memories, reminders, and things I’d like others to remember about me
TECHnically Retiredhttp://www.technical.e.retired.wordpress.comDEFUNCT but had content about video training I will be producing
RETROPublicanhttp://www.retropublican.wordpress.comTrying to create a revived Republican Party
No Alternate Lifestyleshttp://www.noalternatelifestyles.wordpress.comThoughts about the LGBT community – I am in favor of individual choice
23 Things To Think About At Impacthttp://www.23thingatimpact.wordpress.comGolf as Life – this blog WILL be re-written with a new theme, new name, more content
Blogs by bgbgbgbg

I am also listing the two books I currently have published and available on Amazon:

IT’s Lost Art of Software Engineeringhttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B08WP3L1Z4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_1TSS5YGCZVEAY0DCVQ11
A Cowboy’s Reflectionshttps://www.amazon.com/-/e/B08WRNL94Z
William H Gutches Published Books

The Chief

The Chief was the name we used when refering to our GrandFather: John Hiczwa.

He came from Poland or Serbia with his wife: Sophie and they started their new life in the United States in the early 1920’s. You can read more about them in my book: “A Cowboy’s Reflections” on Amazon but this is my current INTRO video for the Training Segments I am producing for my, hopefully, ever-growing audience.

I hope that you will send me a note, reply to this posting, and/or subscribe to my blog so that we can talk, listen, learn, discuss for a long, long time.

When do Enterprenuers become Entreprenuers?

Enjoy, bgbg

Insert Header – Footer Google Doc

Attached is an early attempt at building brief technical training segments that I am planning on offering from this web site for my clients.

At first, I was thinking of naming this offering “Five Dollar Bill” and posting these videos on You Tube but that didn’t work for various reasons. Then, I tried calling these offerings “Technically.Retired” and “TECHnical.e.retired” but those names didn’t work either. For now, there is no official name for these offerings but I am still starting to produce the training sessions, so here is an early segment for your review.

Please let me know if you think this material, this effort, is worthwhile.

Thanx bgbg – whendoyoustoplooking@gmail.com

Headers and Footers in Google Docs – 2022

PS: Apparently I still have some Video Editing skills to refine before I will consider these any where close to finished video products; however, I also believe that I have made some significant strides in the last few days and week.

bg

Some of us MAY have been CRAZY

Reviewing some old content on a PC I have, I found this as PROOF that I was crazy.

I might still be crazy but in different ways now. Enjoy:

I hope wordpress allows you to view this short video of me being younger, dumber, crazier!

Project Management Handbook Introduction

I have been in Information Technology (IT) since before it was called IT!

At the beginning of my technology-based career, our groups or departments were typically referred to as “Electronic Data Processing” using “Electronic Accounting Machines” and the media for the data that was processed in the accounting machines was punched cards that were either 51 or 80 columns wide. Some of the more advanced machines also used paper tape as the data media – it was so much faster than those card readers; however, like the punched cards, if the punched paper tape was ever torn or bent too much, it became un-readable.

Since that early start for my career, many things have changed, and hopefully these changes remain improvements:

  • Data media has evolved to hard surfaced disks residing in a Storage Area Network (SAN) or stored in a “Cloud” for wireless access. And we now have viable Solid State Data Storage so that there will no longer be moving parts for these data storage devices.
  • Computers have increased dramatically in speed, memory, and capabilities
    • Speeds that were measured in 1 to 4 MHz to Chip Sets that are now measured in multiple MegaFlops (millions of Floating-Point Mathematical Operations) or faster
    • Memory sizes measured in fractions of “K” (1024 bytes or characters) to Terabytes (10,000 x 1 Mega Byte or 1,024,000 bytes)
    • Capabilities in computers have changed from one Stand Alone device that had to produce output either electronically for use again at another Stand-Alone device or hard copy for manual review and re-use; to the ability to network with thousands of other computers and post results to SAN or CLOUD storage resources that no longer need a wired connection to receive the data
    • Wireless devices that have continuous access to the Internet and CLOUD or SAN based data that can be retrieved and processed wherever there is an adequate wireless signal from the device to the Internet to download data
  • What might be next could be CLOUD based processing capability with access to secured data that also resides in the CLOUD so that the wireless device is less limited to only software and data that can be downloaded and run on these devices

My question for those of you who choose to read this material is: “How do you manage the creation of operational business capabilities with an evolving automation capability in time for being ‘first to market’ whenever possible?”

My answer is in the effective and persistent application of the best-known Project Management and Software Engineering techniques and skills available at all times.

So, this Project Management Handbook will include techniques and suggestions that help to define the scope of each project and maintain the planned efforts within that scope from Initiation to Deployment and Operational Support. It will also help to identify the work tasks, their sequences, and inter-dependencies so that the resources required at any point in time through the execution of a project’s plan are predictable in advance and that measuring the results from these plans can be quantified. These Project Management techniques will identify work that needs to be performed to review burgeoning project deliverables (from the SDLC) to their final state so that the team can repeatedly confirm that the content of these deliverables is within the Scope and are an evolution from their preceding deliverables that can successfully move the planned work of the project forward.

The Project Management Handbook provides Predictability, Labor and Cost Management, Quality of all planned Deliverables, and a Foundation for controlling Scope, Issues, Risks, and Change requests during the execution of any individual project or group of projects that are understood to make up an inter-dependent program.

Please let me know what you think about these writings using my email address: Whendoyoustoplooking@gmail.com or bgutches@thepathtoinkc.com . You can also subscribe to future materials as I develop them for my other books at my blogs in WordPress:

And the predecessors to these newer blogs:

Thank you, Bill Gutches

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