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Needs v Wants

Needs vs. Wants

A long time ago, in a distant galaxy, I was a young team leader on a project that was to generate standard customer letters using a complex combination of document fragments. The client needed the letters “immediately” but fortunately there…

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Needs & Wants (Part 1)

A long time ago, in a distant galaxy, I was a young team leader on a project that was to generate standard customer letters using a complex combination of document fragments. The client needed the letters “immediately??? but fortunately there…

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Process Blueprint

Process Architectures

My colleagues and I  recently attempted to define a set of processes that would support the requirements of the services management standard, ISO 20000-1, which captures best practices like the ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library). The supporting standard, ISO 20000-4,…

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Successful Business

Business Motivation

The development of the Business Motivational Model (BMM) provides standard definitions and structures for the elements of a business initiative such as the business vision and the related goals and objectives. It also defines relationships between elements e.g. a Goal…

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Teamwork

Collaborative Intelligence

Modern businesses are particularly adept at using information technologies (IT) to capitalize on global opportunities to collaborate. In an era where collaboration promises to be a new competitive tool, Collaborative Intelligence (CI) can be an invaluable and powerful aid.

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Tough Decisions

Downturn Opportunities

One consequence of having been around this industry for a while is that I¹ve seen several cycles. Sometimes the downsides are fairly minor and barely touch good product companies, and at other times nearly everyone has lay-offs, cost-cutting, consolidations, or…

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Pre-Project Flat-Line

Planning as a Mini-V

The Fractal V Model described by Mark Staples has relevance beyond describing the project/development lifecycle. I found the multiple V’s described in his article stimulated one’s thinking …. especially the idea of V’s of different sizes.

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Roadmap Confusion

Agility Without Strategy

Recently I spoke with a team of very frustrated Scrum developers. They were frustrated because they felt like all they were doing for the past year was chasing features and that the product manager really had no clue where they…

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Interview

Interview: Ivor Jacobson

I had an opportunity to interview Ivar Jacobson as he was preparing to come to Australia to deliver a Keynote address for the SoftEd’s Software Development Conference (2009). Ivar is truly an icon in the IT industry having pioneered use-case…

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The Fractal V Lifecycle

Agile Management is a nice idea, but as Ivar Jacobsen acknowledged in his recent talk, agile approaches just don’t fit some business conditions.  Many contexts are challenging for agile methodologies:•    Large systems where no single customer can represent       all…

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