SCRUM / Sprint Sequencing

Data and application processing evolve. Each of these application components starts at a certain stage in their life cycle and change as the rest of the application’s capabilities mature. Putting order to the Sequence of Sprints in an Application Development project could take advantage of these evolutionary cycles in order to implement a scope ofContinue reading “SCRUM / Sprint Sequencing”

Need More Dialog

For the time I have had this web site up and available (www.thepathtoinkc.com), there have been a fair amount of visits or impressions but I would also really like to have more dialog from those who visit. What can I do to get more visitors to comment on my content? All those countries (above) thatContinue reading “Need More Dialog”

K P I Requirements

Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) are measurements and projections that can help a management team make decisions about the Strategic and Tactical Plans for the future of an organization. Many business requirements describe operational necessities of an application or a business App or Function but how should we expect a Requirement for a K P IContinue reading “K P I Requirements”

The Data Manifesto

All Data Are Protected (ala The Matrix) An Event occurs that is associated with a collection of data attributes that need protection. Each unique Event has a finite list of Data that are expected to occur when a new instance of an Event happens.  In almost all cases, that list of Data includes, at least,Continue reading “The Data Manifesto”

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”

Turn the Organization Upside Down!

Similar to the notion of “Servant Leadership”, I suggest we look at an Organization from a perspective that is different than the way many organizations will present the Organization Chart: CEO / Owner / Organizational Leader down thru levels of management to as many levels of workers as they choose to include in the orgContinue reading “Turn the Organization Upside Down!”

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?”