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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Project/Program Management Best (and Good) Practices

by E.R. Williams

1. Plan realistic scope and Task/ WBS (Work Breakdown Structure). Ensure it is a Collaborative activity between business and technology. 2. Estimate realistic schedules, resources required and cost (determine min, mid, and max) 3. Ensure Development has conducted any necessary assessments of the organization, system, applications, infrastructure, network, etc. Conduct a project management assessment if you are [...]

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Configuration Management Best (and Good) Practices

by E.R. Williams

1. Perform Configuration Management up front and throughout projects and programs (See book and articles to understand and apply Configuration Management) 2. Conduct an assessment, if required 3. Select tools, methodologies * 4. Perform Requirements, Design, and Product Management 5. Prepare a requirements document/documentation or specification with a traceability matrix. For the Agile development process [...]

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Quality Assurance Best (and Good) Practices

by E.R. Williams

1. Prepare and develop a quality management and assurance plan (incorporated) for QA- (which includes verification & validation, test methods/testing, and quality control) in compliance with standards and tailored to the project or program 2. Conduct an assessment, as required 3. Select and use QA automated test tools – Rational, Mercury, Silk, etc. 4. Review [...]

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Configuration Management (CM) is Misunderstood

by E.R. Williams

For Configuration Management (CM) we have been concentrating so much on software and version control, (tools and applications), that we have forgotten that CM begins before you have the software or its components and modules (units). See definition for CM in Software/Firmware Configuration Management. With this misunderstanding comes the following that I have still encountered [...]

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Configuration Management Clarified

by E.R. Williams

I wanted to address a real problem that we in the IT industry seem to think has gone away. Understanding What Configuration Management (CM) is. As stated in Software/Firmware Configuration Management and in articles. ……. There’s simply no problem with explaining what CM is by discussing and addressing each of its processes/activities (no different than [...]

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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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Project Management Success!

by E.R. Williams

The Itprofessional Facilitator Newsletter or Information Source has undergone an entirely new makeover and direction. The newsletter/Information Source will now be published quarterly with a weekly supplemental blog. Careful thought has been given to this new direction and helping solve the issues involved in failed projects. We look forward to everyones input and interaction to build [...]

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I have an interest in a job that requires Big 5 experience and although I have not worked for one of the Big 5 companies, I know I have the experience required during my career working for other companies. Should I submit my resume?

by E.R. Williams

First, yes you should submit your resume! It does not have to be big 5 experience that an individual must have to have gained a solid background of success and experiences that can be applied throughout the IT industry. Many of us who have worked in aerospace and government for many years did not hear [...]

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Although my company has prepared some preliminary procedures, we as a company are still having problems. It seems that some companies are doing business as usual, (setting up for failure). Businesses may or may not understand the reason why, but can you

by E.R. Williams

Beyond the obvious high level reasons, I am beginning to see something that is devastating to me…Panic when issues arise, finger pointing, attempting to make the other dependent group look like the fall guy, having un-realistic timelines, resource issues, no clear plan, and a host of many other issues. Remember that before this point in [...]

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