From the category archives:

Development Process/Methodologies

A restatement about lessons learned…

by E.R. Williams

RayAnn received another several emails recently but they were questions that you would have thought were part of the past. The emails indicated that the managers were documenting lessons learned and having a end-of- the-project meeting to discuss lessons that were only gathered after or during the last phase of the project. Unbelievable! Hear is [...]

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Lessons Learned

by E.R. Williams

Sometimes we don’t want to admit we have made a mistake or that there were issues with a process or its activities. But how else are we to correct our mistakes and learn from our mistakes; to improve. Whether one thinks it can lead to finger pointing is not a reason not to have the [...]

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What are some of the items or questions to consider for a web site or portal development project? Is the management and development for a web site and portal project different from other development projects?

by E.R. Williams

The answer is yes and no. Best Practice processes apply to web site and portal development but the skill sets, tools/techniques and tasks differ. Let’s briefly identify each development process/activities below. The skills sets required beyond the typical application development process is content/information managers, editors, HTML/XML coders, creative design specialists, etc. Different tools are used [...]

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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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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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It’s about the Solution and Approach

by E.R. Williams

The Development Process is all about the solution and approach; a resolution to the problem. It is viewed within a life cycle process that can last until replacement/upgrade or retirement of a system, software, or application (including the network). Because of its significance and level of activities, the development process is often implemented using a [...]

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How do architecture and component development processes/activities fit into the overall Development Process?

by E.R. Williams

(Question from a developer of business applications who is familiar with and has been using a particular tool and methodology.) Architecture and component development processes/activities are not new to the development process. Even hardware development has had an architecture and component process/activity for years and continues to have a significant architecture and component development and [...]

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Development Process Continued: Increase the Probability of Project and Program Success

by E.R. Williams

In the commercial IT industry we continue to talk about the development process but it is essential to understand, unlike in R & D and system engineering development, that there is a key process and activity that has been overlooked or absent in many IT/application development processes. Often we are so short sighted because of [...]

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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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Concerns as a consultant.

by E.R. Williams

The other day two consultants, a developer and network engineer, made the following statements. “Cost cutting has consultants concerned about their current assignments because when an evaluation is conducted they will be cut before an employee. That is understood. We understand it’s a business and company/organization decision.” They thought that they were about to be [...]

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