Problem solving relies on what came before and what will come after

Sometimes it is not just what you do but the order in which you do it that matters. You absolutely must develop an ability to see several layers of consequences ahead of the solution as well as several layers of cause and effect behind the problem and then juggle them at once in the way … Read more

Delivering the right project

Really! – Have you seen this new stuff?
This could easily have been Mick Jagger and Keith Richards after their first successful gig. In the modern world, it is more likely to be a hard working CTO talking to a COO about his systems needs

About the author

Edward Taaffe has a 10 year record of achievement in project and Programme management in both the private and public sectors ranging from negotiating with local authorities to use centralised shared services to introducing ground breaking technology to government and convincing them of the benefits of early adoption. Previously and interspersed with this, he has … Read more

Why you need to pay attention to customer experience

Why you need to pay attention to customer experience Next        What to watch out for when researching and testing journeys   The chicken and egg question always fascinated me. When it comes to business models I find the same conundrum with customers and profits. Michael Porter once said that the purpose of a … Read more

Requirements engineering strategy can make or break your project .

Part one – What would you like sir Part two – Requirements,tests, training, help files Part three – Why no project exists in isolation-what should be done Part four – Business rules, Process rules, Process, Data, different viewpoints Part five – Testing requirements is not optional Part six  -Requirements strategy can make or break your project If … Read more

The health warning attached to agile is nothing more, it’s not a reason to ignore agile thinking as a powerful tool.

As a manager who entered software engineering as the agile movement was gathering pace and returned to management in the systems world, I find it amusing when other disciplines jump on the bandwagon as it were. I also find it encouraging, but I would have serious concern if it were my business and here is … Read more

The DNA of CHAOS. Why software projects, peace negotiations and football games all come up short on occasion and the true value proposition of agile

Why Business analysts, Product Owners, negotiators, political reformers, scientists and many others are doomed to repeat the same mistakes until they drown in in their failures. Most people in a work situation, and indeed in most situations, live in a consciousness that is deliberately falsified to reflect (a) what they believe is expected of them … Read more

The true DNA of an agile project (exploding the myths)

If you have heard me pour scorn over some of the claims made for agile, you may be surprised to know that I’m an agile practitioner with some considerable experience and not at all adverse to the approach. That said, I always repeat the words of my agile mentor Keith Richards (no not him silly) when I asked the obvious silly question. He said ” It’s horses for courses. When you turn up for training we assume a certain level of education, intelligence and experience”.

Requirements, tests, training, help files – the connection?

If you began with a vague idea and kept changing things in the hope that you would eventually end up knowing what you wanted, then success is about as easy to find as the end of a rainbow.

Interview: Christine Ashton, BP Group

Bridgers must have a wider perspective than any particular application or technology set, the group says. And they need the organizational and people skills to break down barriers between IT and business – barriers such as IT jargon – and help educate business about IT and IT about business. This means they must have the confidence of both sides.

Business analysts: a bridge between IT and business

Since the profession is relatively recent, companies are not yet quite sure where it fits in. For now, they are testing various models; some business analysts work in the computer department, while others report to the project office and yet others are distributed across each department of the company.

As says Clément Côté, senior consultant with 2C Solutions and president of the Montreal chapter of the IIBA, each of these solutions has its strengths and weaknesses

The birth and development of product requirements

You can’t have much of a conversation with a marketing type without stumbling across the term “perceived value”.(PV) What they are referring to here is the “reason to buy your product”. Just think of it as another currency. The more of this PV you give to your customer the more of their currency they will be happy to give to you. That’s the ten second MBA, all you ever need to know about business.

Bridging the gap between the web and the real world part 5

What’s the right strategy for me? Previously: Bridging between the web and the real world Bridging the gap between the web and the real world part 2 Bridging the gap between the web and the real world part 3 Bridging the gap between the web and the real world part 4   In defining a … Read more