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 eitherContinue reading “Project Management Handbook Introduction”

Social Media: The Path To Inkc

Social Media is a growth industry as of this writing in 2015.  My suspicion / expectation is that it will remain a growth industry for many many years to come. The marketing discussions about Social Media revolve around the notion of Inbound Marketing, differentiating itself from the more traditional Outbound Marketing of the Mad MenContinue reading “Social Media: The Path To Inkc”

The Path To Inkc

How many ways would you be willing to collect income: Full Time Employment with Salary and Benefits? Part Time Employment paid by the Hour or Piece of Work? Signed Master Service Agreement(s) for predefined services, rate and duration? Signed Purchase Order(s) for your product offering(s)? Incorporation of your own new company and the creation ofContinue reading “The Path To Inkc”

Time for THE BOOK

A few weeks ago (May 2018), I started a “Go Fund Me” site to gather some money so that I can publish “The Book” that represents many of the ideas from this blog. The Title of the book will be: “IT’s Lost Art of Software Engineering” and will contain much of what has been postedContinue reading “Time for THE BOOK”

The Path To Inkc Profile

How many ways would you be willing to collect income: Full Time Employment with Salary and Benefits? Part Time Employment paid by the Hour or Piece of Work? Signed Master Service Agreement(s) for predefined services, rate and duration? Signed Purchase Order(s) for your product offering(s)? Incorporation of your own new company and the creation ofContinue reading “The Path To Inkc Profile”

Testing Centric Life Cycle

Could there be such a thing as a Testing Centric Life Cycle? What would it have to look like to be Testing Centric?  Wouldn’t we have to ask questions of each Deliverable to prove that it somehow supports what we believe our end goal to be?  How would we construct these questions to ask ofContinue reading “Testing Centric Life Cycle”

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?”

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?”

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”

Orthogonal Views…

A current definition provides us this: or·thog·o·nal   [awr-thog-uh-nl] adjective 1.  Mathematics . a. Also, orthographic. pertaining to or involving right angles or perpendiculars: an                 orthogonal projection. b. (of a system of real functions) defined so that the integral of the product of any           Continue reading “Orthogonal Views…”