From the category archives:

Development Process/Methodologies

 At a network group meeting I was asked the question if I had used Agile and Waterfall development methodologies. My reply and response was yes. I was asked which do, or did, I prefer. I said I had used both and while each has it pros and cons, I have used each and have combined/mixed [...]

“I was still having problems with understanding Configuration Management but after reading your book, I do know why I was having difficulties with the entire development life cycle focusing only on software version control and software library development.” Those who have purchased the book, (Management Control and Quality! – Software/Firmware Configuration Management – available in [...]

The Development Process Best (and Good) Practices

by E.R. Williams

1. Identify the appropriate approach and solution based on the problem(s) analysis and business requirements 2. Conduct as, and when required, the appropriate assessments for the business processes, system, applications, infrastructure, and/or network early and in a timely manner. 3. Determine if Rapid Application Development is required a. RAD/JAD b. Prototype and mockups c. Facilitated [...]

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What has contributed to your success?

by E.R. Williams

Best practice processes, lessons learned, and team building. It’s interesting that many don’t realize how lessons learned and updating or tailoring a process such as Configuration Management can contribute to the success of different programs, projects and products. I always get the subject question from presentations, conferences, social events, book signings, etc. How have I [...]

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I am a systems analyst. I am changing industries but see that requirements in one industry have been or are familiar to me. I worked under government contracts and now I am moving into the Pharmaceutical industry. Are they that different?

by E.R. Williams

Not unusual. It’s very interesting to me to hear the above question from third party or individuals in one industry. Just as there are commonalities in managing projects (although each project is unique), many standards’ requirements are similar to other industries. Knowledge gained from another industry and its standards can contribute to success in another [...]

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Component Development. It’s been around. Not Unknown!

by E.R. Williams

At a conference, I heard a young developer shout out about component development and how this development activity has improved application development. It was good to hear the enthusiasm and passion this young developer had but as he was quickly told that component develop is not new but introduced to guide more of the application development process [...]

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You stated that much of what we do or introduce as new today is only improvements to be used in the future. Can you give me an example that supports your statement of that fact?

by E.R. Williams

Yes, recently I was involved in a seminar and conference that was discussing component development. What did/does component development bring to the table: Reusability Interoperability Assembly Modularity Etc. And that is a fact, but where did component development start.Component development originated in, system, and hardware and system software development for assembly/integration: plug-in, test, and reuse. [...]

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Again, the Development Process (the “Solution”)!

by E.R. Williams

It’s all about the life cycle development and it processes/activities: the solution that has been introduced as a disciplined process to solve the business/engineering/operational problems.

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Federal Regulations for Pharmaceutical and Healthcare

by E.R. Williams

It seems to be correct that configuration management could have saved money during Y2K. Within the Healthcare and Pharmaceutical industries, compliance with HIPAA and Part 11, respectively, is still becoming a challenge. You state that configuration management could be helpful with compliance. Why? Yes, Configuration Management could have been helpful then and now. If the [...]

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You state that the Development Process is the most important process of the “Best Practice Processes”?

by E.R. Williams

One of the “Best Practice Processes”, The Development Process is (1) the key to the solution of the business/engineering problem(s) and (2) is the approach to complete the product that will be used to solve the business/engineering problem(s) (meeting the documented needs/requirements and expectations of the client/user(s). The architecture and the detail design processes/activities is [...]

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