Month: March 2011

The Best Estimating Technique

The Best Estimating Technique

When you think of estimating and planning techniques, what method do you think of first?  Do you use a parametric technique, Monte Carlo simulation, or something else?  I was over at the Implementing Scrum website and found an awesome post, asking this same question.  If you think people get crazy whether or not you should utilize an Agile…

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Pictofigo Promotion

Pictofigo Promotion

I’ve been working with Pictofigo for a few months now.  I give them ideas for drawings I think others would find helpful.  In turn, I get access to some pretty cool (and original) stuff.  It’s quid pro quo at its best. There are currently over 900 drawings available for free on the Standard Pictofigo site.  In addition…

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Individuals & Interactions over Processes & Tools

Individuals & Interactions over Processes & Tools

It’s pretty exciting to hear that LinkedIn just reached over 100 million users.  Upon review this morning, my LinkedIn profile stated that I have 149 connections, adding it links me to 3,156,950+ professionals.  Unfortunately, I believe a tool is only as good at the individual(s) using it.  I’ll admit, I don’t really get LinkedIn.  I don’t…

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Describing the SDLC

Describing the SDLC

While assisting an IT department through a Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) audit, I had to document an organization’s Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC). The SDLC includes activities and functions that systems developers typically perform, regardless of how those activities and functions fit into a particular methodology.  Many assume SDLC is referring to a software development process.  In turn, there’s…

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Say Goodbye to that Expensive Meeting

Say Goodbye to that Expensive Meeting

Back in August (2010) I wrote about attending a $17,904 meeting.  It was painful to watch the PMO have a 3 hour meeting every month that seemed to cost so much but deliver so little value.  As a follow-up post, I wrote about the value proposition for the expensive meeting. I am happy to report that the…

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SWOT Analysis

SWOT Analysis

I’m finding myself working through a strategic planning process. I’ve known executives who would just use gut instincts when doing their strategic planning.  But when you’re dealing with someone else and their money, don’t be so gutsy.  Just do a SWOT analysis.  What does SWOT even mean!? During strategic planning, upper level managers, directors, or…

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