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Five Signs That It’s Time to Ditch Your IT Roadmap

First, let me say that I’m a huge fan of roadmaps as information radiators for projects, programs, or the enterprise.  If done well, communicating large amounts of information in a beautifully simple set of boxes, text, and lines is nothing short of art.  However, done poorly and you’ve got yourself a multi-colored, pain-in-the-neck to update, distraction. Continue reading “Five Signs That It’s Time to Ditch Your IT Roadmap”

A Visceral Reaction to a Project Plan

I recently had my first negative visceral reaction to seeing a Microsoft Project plan in a meeting and I’m both frightened by it and sort of proud of it. Continue reading “A Visceral Reaction to a Project Plan”

Balancing Innovation with Stability

It’s been said that developing software is messy and it’s always messy..that’s just how it is…even with established technology and an experienced development team. But when you throw in new technology, things can even get messier because teams often are learning the technology at the same time they are building. Continue reading “Balancing Innovation with Stability”

A Form is Not the Answer…A Starting Point to Agile Change Control

Preface – by change control process I’m referring to managing changes to software and not the process of promoting those changes into production. The latter is configuration management (to me anyway) and that process is independent and critical no matter how changes are decided. Check out the concepts of DevOps for ways to link development and operations together. Continue reading “A Form is Not the Answer…A Starting Point to Agile Change Control”

We Weren’t Agile

I first learned the terms Agile and Scrum when I joined my current employer Excella Consulting in 2010, so I guess I was late to the game. Up to that point in my career (10 years) I had just sort of winged the usual cycle of gather requirements, work with the developers to build something, test, show the customer, repeat. Continue reading “We Weren’t Agile”

Warning!…Signs Your IT Project May Fail

thH946IGYQAs a project manager I’ve come to recognize the warning signs of a failing IT project and learned the best methods to get the project back on track.  Here are three (of many) things to keep and eye out for and what to do if you find yourself experiencing these common issues…or better yet things to avoid from the beginning.  Continue reading “Warning!…Signs Your IT Project May Fail”

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