I know that some of my readers are from a technical audience and others are from business, so it is always a struggle to pitch the language right. I have decided to write a mixture of blogs in both styles so that we can talk about the same subjects from different viewpoints. Last week, I … Read more
There’s been some hype going around that the internet volumes are beginning to clog it’s arteries and that there are issues ahead. TBL reacted to this by saying something to the effect that; the internet is not at risk form volume of information but volume of misinformation. Let’s just think about that. There was a … Read more
The name conjures up interesting images that appeal to most directors and senior managers, but when it is all discussed in the open and fully understood, the enthusiasm sometimes evaporates to a whispered yes. Why should this be? Well I know of a number of reasons: 1. Agile done badly dispenses with change control, from … Read more
Now let me give you a puzzle to solve. By the way there’s no right or wrong answer to this, but please keep ending them in. The case study. Five monkeys were thrown in a cage with a banana on a shelf in the centre. Each time a monkey approached the banana all the monkeys … Read more
Let me ask you a few simple questions. Do you have a favourite tipple? Why is it your favourite? Was it always your favourite? What was your previous favourite? What made you change? If you tried your current favourite sooner, would you have had more enjoyment out of life? Do you think it is likely … Read more
I just survived one of those mind numbing risk management sessions at a project board meeting. As PM, I was expecting to handle this myself, but this particular project executive was determined to do it his way. We’d just sat through nearly two hours of meandering discussion when it was announced. Last item (not even … Read more
How long will it take? Let’s start with scheduling. How long do you think it takes your average employee to handle email, chat to his/her colleagues, dip out for cigarettes, have lunch, wind up in the morning and wind down at night? 2 hours, 3 hours, 4 hours, 5 hours? Are you sure you want … Read more
p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;”>“So you don’t know what you want and you’ll be upset if you don’t get it. OK I’ll do my best?” Where to sir? Every journey begins with a vision of where the destination is. Sometimes you just have a good idea and expect to do a little exploration along … Read more
You can talk to five different people who have that word in their CV and each one will probably have a different take on what a business case is for, who should prepare it and what it should contain.
In fact, you could say that the whole science around business cases, especially those involving IT investment has moved on substantially in the past two or three years.
The power struggle rumbles on. Am I hitting an unlucky patch, or is there an epidemic out there. Two projects in succession that I have been involved with at two large organisations have suffered the same problems. It goes something like this. The organisation has a large IT department and like all large IT departments … Read more