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Management v. Micro-Management

Written on May 27, 2011

Do you recognize the line between management and micro-management? A key quality of a good project manager is learning when to be hands-on, and when to let the team do what they do best. This “line” is enigmatic, and depends on the project, the team members, and your own personality and management style.   Bright […]

 

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Learning From Amazon and Sony

Written on May 6, 2011

If you’ve never encountered a major technical issue resulting in significant damage and/or downtime to your system, count yourself lucky and be forewarned. Let’s take a look at how these companies have responded to their issues.

 

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A Short History of Agile

Written on March 7, 2011

Agile emerged in the early 2000’s as an alternative to the traditional waterfall-style management that many felt was at the root of common issues such as delays and poor internal communication. Closely related to emerging methodologies such as Extreme Programming and DSDM, Agile came on the scene with the publishing of the Agile Manifesto in 2001.

 

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How are PMBOK and Waterfall Related?

Written on February 17, 2011

Coming off the heels of our three-headed discussion of requirements analysis, we’re going to branch out into some more project management-focused discussion. Namely, we’re going to talk about the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide, or PMBOK.

 

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The Documents of the Requirements Analysis

Written on February 2, 2011

The three primary documents from this phase are the business requirements report, the conceptual systems design plan, and the strategy documents (training, testing, implementation, etc).

 

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Avoiding Problems with Requirements

Written on January 26, 2011

Avoiding problems with requirements gathering and analysis requires thorough communication with the customer at the start of development.

 

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The Basics of Requirements Analysis

Written on January 12, 2011

Requirements Gathering and Analysis is the critical first step of the classic Waterfall methodology of development. In a nutshell, this is the phase where the customer and stakeholders are consulted to lay out exactly what product or process is required and what that must consist of.

 

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Four Basics for Quality Project Management

Written on November 17, 2010

I’m a big fan of “getting back to basics” when it comes to project management. It’s easy to get caught up in the specifics of your company’s process and the details of juggling projects and people, but it all comes down to the foundation of how you manage.

 

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De-Bloating your Computer

Written on October 20, 2010

An unfortunate caveat to using a Windows-based computer is program bloat. It’s any software that either comes already installed on your machine when you buy it, or gets installed along with other programs. Most of the time, these are unwanted additions to your system that take up space, may intrude on browsers, and generally clutter up your start menu.

 

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Aconis Launches Cloud Based Backup for SMBs

Written on October 12, 2010

Acronis, known for their enterprise-level system backup technology True Image, has stepped into the world of cloud computing to take their data-backup systems to a new level. With Backup & Recovery 10 Online, Acronis is looking to secure the niche of small to medium-sized businesses that either have no current data-backup in place or are still using older methods such as tape.

 

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