The evils of groupthink and the risk to all Social media users

AKA “ Say hello to someone” Power to think The most spectacularly creative people in many fields are often introverted, according to studies by the psychologists Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Gregory Feist. They’re extroverted enough to exchange and advance ideas, but see themselves as independent and individualistic. They’re not joiners by nature.” NYtimes SUSAN CAIN JAN. … 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

Two important rules of the learning organisation that you won’t study in an MBA yet they are ignored at great cost.

The learning cycles described by    Sekar Sethuraman CISSP,CISA,CISM,CGEIT,CIA,PMP is in my view an excellent starting point that would most likely be a significant achievement to formalise and encode into almost any organisation. My personal experiences apart from academic interest are around : What we often call “lessons learned” i.e. the constant adjustment to circumstances and … 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

How much damage can negative BIAS do to performance and quality of life?

Whether a manager, a sports person, an investor, or a dustman It is vital to understand our personal bias and manage it . Every decision we make requires some level of objectivity to stand a good chance of serving us well. “You’re faced with around 11 million pieces of information at any given moment, according … Read more

Stage gates are still imortant even in Agile product maanegement

When I was a developer in the late (90s, I had the benefit of having started my career in marketing and combined with an overdose of enthusiasm and self-confidence, I thought I knew better than anyone about how the product should be designed. Not that many years later I was in charge of Product development … Read more

How to implement Scrum while keeping your sanity and your Job

Cost overruns, missed schedules and quality issues. These were the reasons cited for the development of Scrum. Management also wants to harvest the business value expected from new software sooner, while using fewer resources Breaking a traditional process up into small increments solves all of these problems. MSFis a wonderful example of this apart from … 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”.

Putting agile in perspective.

Some people are overawed by the challenge of software development to the extent that they rely entirely on a comforting framework to lean against, while others use their big picture perspective to manipulate the marketplace selling their training, books and consultancy services under one disguise after another, while contributing little or nothing to the profession.

Inetgration programmes made easy

Previously Good management strategy and practice supported by intelligent modern systems Lernaean Hydra, your time is up. Give big data the heave-ho for now and get a birds-eye view of your business without a single nosql database. Here’s how we approached the solution Naturally I can’t publish the whole thing if only for sheer volume, … Read more

Give big data the heave-ho for now and get a birds-eye view of your business without a single nosql database.  

Lernaean Hydra, your time is up. Good management strategy and practice supported by intelligent modern systems Two question must be answered up front : 1. What value does your business delivers best? 2. What do your customers think of it? Let me explain. One enduring rule of business is “find a hungry mob and feed … Read more

The agile organisation – a risky proposition

What did Bill Gates mean and what did it mean to Microsoft to be agile. Well Bill made the mother of all misjudgements when he said that the internet was of no interest to Microsoft and dismissed its potential. Within one and a half years, Microsoft had changed its mind, won the browser war with Netscape and delivered ASP, the first and still dominant commercial application server for the internet. That was agile, but it had not a thing to do with stand up meetings around whiteboards and walls covered in scribbles.

Scope a real ball breaker, do we really have to master it?

The fastest cheapest way from A to B

It has been well established and indeed I have blogged about this in more detail previously, that without question the fastest cheapest and most certain way form A to B is to establish where B is and how to recognise it when you arrive, break the journey into easily managed stages and then follow your plan.

If however; as is sometimes the case, B is can not be defined objectively and/or there are no maps available for the territory in between, then you need to take a more agile approach and allow for the extra time and cost, but balance it against the reward.