Standards for Cloud Computing

I believe things get “REAL” when there are standards and guidelines for those practitioners who are interested in moving things forward. I found this article talking about creating standards for Cloud Computing and I agree whole-heartedly! http://serion.co.nz/blog/hybrid-and-cloud-computing-standards Thanx for reading and enjoy the article. If you can, be prepared to join the debate. bgbg

Swim Lane Diagrams

Since when did Swim Lane Diagrams take the place of more rigorous Software Engineering Requirements gathering models like: Process Models, Data Relationship Models, State Transition Diagrams, Use Cases and Event Models? I’ve been managing several smaller projects lately and if they have any kind of Analysis efforts and documented Requirements, they are only represented inContinue reading “Swim Lane Diagrams”

Starting your own PMO

If your organization does not have a PMO or has one that has been disappointing in its benefits, then this discussion may be for you! I have an opinion that there are “Five ‘P’s in PMO”: Project, Program, Portfolio, Process, and People.  Others don’t necessarily agree with me but then they are not writing THISContinue reading “Starting your own PMO”

Project in Recovery (not THAT Recovery!)

When a project has been close to failure and shut down is not an option then my repetitive approach to resolving the remaining issues usually goes something like this: Agree on the Recovery Project Charter Scope Objectives Budget Staff List of Open Risks, Issues, Change Request (preferably these lists will be placed in Recovery ProjectContinue reading “Project in Recovery (not THAT Recovery!)”

Project in Trouble?

Despite all of our best efforts, some projects end up in trouble and they need to be ‘saved’ or ‘shut down’! Making the ‘shut down’ decision is very difficult but must be considered once a project that is in trouble is identified.  Some of the questions I have used in the past to determine whetherContinue reading “Project in Trouble?”

What Users Say Translated to Software Engineering!

I need a report that shows me how much I spent yesterday! Not an atypical ‘requirement’ from a business users’ point of view, huh?  What do you as a Software Engineer DO with this and similar statements? Let’s start with a couple of questions that we can use to expand and clarify on a statementContinue reading “What Users Say Translated to Software Engineering!”

Software Engineering: How do you start?

There are interesting challenges in applying the art and science of Engineering Disciplines to Software Analysis and Design. If we accept the notion that we need as complete a collection of Requirements as possible either for a full blown application solution (change or new) or a SPRINT to add functionality to either an existing applicationContinue reading “Software Engineering: How do you start?”

Let’s CLOUD the Issue..

I just read an article about the word “CLOUD” being more of a verb than a noun so I thought I would add my two cents to this discussion and Cloud the issue some more. This article was written by someone in a networking group that I have attended in the past and I will,Continue reading “Let’s CLOUD the Issue..”

Structure Programming – Advice from IT.Toolbox

The only point I disagree with in this article is about replicating code for readability! DO NOT REPLICATE code ’cause it also replicates Maintenance Costs! Other than that – Bravo to the author: Craig Borysovitch! http://it.toolbox.com/blogs/enterprise-solutions/systems-development-structured-programming-guidelines-48980   bgbg

The First 90 Days

When I have been asked what I would do in the first 90 days of a new project as the Project Manager, my responses have typically included some or all of the following as a “Self-Orientation Start Up Plan”: 1) Gather the latest project documentation available from the following sources: a) Portfolio Management files forContinue reading “The First 90 Days”