From the category archives:

Configuration Management

Project Management and Best Practice Processes, In Any Industry

by E.R. Williams

One of the most significant lessons learned going into 2010 is that best (and good) practices are for any industry implementing information technology and system/product development projects. During my career and for the past several years, I have had the opportunity to manage projects in a variety of industries and for a variety of technologies [...]

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Lessons Learned Going Into 2010

by E.R. Williams

With “Recovery” on everyone’s mind, RayAnn thought it would be appropriate to share some lessons learned going into 2010. Document all planned steps/actions in the web development process with input from key stakeholders and project team members. Never rely strictly on a WYSIWYG application (I.E. Macromedia Dreamweaver, Microsoft FrontPage) to complete a web design/development project. [...]

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Have a proactive attitude when it comes to your project or program.

by E.R. Williams

When implementing technology in any environment you have to consider several best practice activities for the following items, early and continuous: Training and education that have to be provided Communication planning (a plan that has to be prepared and executed) Risk management planning and management ( a plan that has be prepared and addressed throughout [...]

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Software Development Best (and Good) Practices: What “best practice” processes do you think are required for IT development projects?

by E.R. Williams

Best Practice Processes (BPPs) must continue to be estabished and improved for the software development process.  and for the successful projects and programs. The best practice processes are identified below. Several organizations with standards that support these processes are listed. Best Practice Processes: 1. Program/Project Management (and Business Management) (Integration) Use of Experience and Knowledge (Integration) [...]

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Health Check – The 2010 Impact

by E.R. Williams

“A Restatement” Going into 2010 we still have many concerns that are impacting our lives (individuals and families), our communities, businesses and the IT industry: mergers, the fluctuating stock market, national and international security, continued business financial difficulties and unmet profit margins, layoffs, and regulations’ (i.e., CFR 21, part 11and HIPAA) requirements issued for the [...]

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How to Keep Your Sanity and Health Through These Difficult Times.

by E.R. Williams

Now, getting back to these difficult and hard times. I know many are trying to move forward by maintaining current employment or dealing with being laid-off, getting that next job or changing careers. Through it all, you must include activities to maintain your mental and physical health. Some are listed below. Have a daily routine [...]

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Technology Project Challenges… Continued

by E.R. Williams

Skill Set Requirements – Not Just Being Certified Resource requirements for a project or program have become a day-to-day challenge. RayAnn identified the challenge of resource availability in a previous information source, at the same time you have to ensure that the resource is the “right fit”; has the appropriate skill set. At one time, [...]

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There are NO MORE EXCUSES for project FAILURE!!

by E.R. Williams

Eddie R. Williams, PMP Book Title: Software/Firmware Configuration Management (Within the System Development Process) Subtitle: Management Control & Quality Being an IT professional for over 20 years and now a published author and coach, I became very concerned about the high failure rate of projects within the IT industry. I had worked on government, aerospace, [...]

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Unclear Development Processes and Methodologies

by E.R. Williams

There are many methodologies for IT development and implementation projects (hundreds, because many companies have their own “flavor” of a methodology or two, and maybe several) but they all should have/contain basic processes/activities: feasibility/initiation; planning; requirements analysis; design (Architecture/Detail Design); implementation/construction/build/test (unit, integration, functional\\(capability/qualification; system test (stress, functional, performance, volume, etc.); user acceptance test; operational [...]

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There are many tools and applications that automate Configuration Management?

by E.R. Williams

I use/used several for version control, architecture/scheme development, developers/engineers development environment, problem/bug tracking and auditing reporting. The Professional Facilitator: While there are many tools and applications for software control, many of them do not start with configuration management. As the question shows configuration management is not fully addressed (configuration identification, which begins with requirements (functional [...]

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