Tag: SDLC

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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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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Meeting with GAO

Meeting with GAO

After finding out the Government Accountability Office (GAO) was coming to pay our program a visit, I was also told to work with a small cross-functional team to collect all of the data to meet their requests.  There was a list of recommended executive actions and we had to prove how we were satisfying those recommendations.  To…

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How To Prevent Your Project From Hemorrhaging

How To Prevent Your Project From Hemorrhaging

This post is in response to a post written by Jennifer Bedell on the PMStudent blog about goldplating. Goldplating is very common in application development and can be very expensive. If you’re dealing with Waterfall, it’s a little more obvious when it’s happening.  Some may argue, but I’ve seen it happen in Agile as well. …

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Seeing Value From The Customer Perspective

Seeing Value From The Customer Perspective

I recently sat in a meeting between a vendor and client, where the client was attempting to communicate their need to route new work deliverables to an existing Change Control Board (CCB). The contractor came back and said they believed the CCB in this case would not provide value and perhaps it should be bypassed.…

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