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How Brontosaurs kill Raptors
The board of a large organisation appoints a CIO who delegates technical decisions to his employees. In the Enterprise Architecture (EA) department, an expert on Business Intelligence (BI) decides that the strategy for this company is to have a single ...
Sep 1, 2010
9:59:00 PM
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Houses of Cards
I have often heard of software systems being compared to a house of cards, meaning that they were poorly built and are ready to topple at any time. The system I am currently helping to maintain has from time to time also been labeled in that way, yet it ...
Oct 10, 2009
2:12:00 PM
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Creativity - Yet another driver towards agile processes
Software developers are often creative people, having entered into software development precisely because of its need for creativity during implementation. While solving a logical problem might sound unrelated to creativity, the ability to solve that ...
Sep 28, 2009
9:51:00 PM
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NEWS FLASH: Agile does not mean there is no plan
Why aren't all projects run using agile methods? Working in an enterprise where we have maybe 50 applications which all go live at the same time twice a year (as well as another 450 which are also in some stage of the software lifecycle), I was told that ...
Sep 20, 2009
9:53:00 PM
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The Key to Maintenance is Compartmentalisation
Over the last couple of large projects I have noticed a trend in the way software developers/engineers...
Jun 21, 2009
9:16:00 PM
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Complexity makes for exponential maintenance costs?!
The title of this article isn't a fact, just a thought. However the thought comes from the experience of putting a very complex application into production and watching what happens. So long as there is stuff to do on the application, e.g. further ...
Sep 20, 2008
10:31:00 PM
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Extreme Productivity
A year ago I was the architect of a small project (Project A) building a Client / Server application, based on Eclipse SWT/JFace/RCP, Websphere, Oracle, JMS and an Object Relation Mapping (ORM) tool, Hibernate. We were 3.5 developers on average, and we ...
Apr 19, 2008
1:05:00 PM
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The End Draws Nigh
As we start seeing the light at the end of the RMR tunnel, we are on time, on budget! But is it purely down to my masterful planning and estimating skills? Or are other factors at work? Well the planning is in the right ball park, but as I started to ...
Jun 8, 2007
10:14:00 PM
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Requirements Gathering geht schief!
If requirements are gathered by someone who isn't an end user, but who is an expert in the domain, there is the likelyhood that the requirements will be only roughly accurate. If that gatherer then leaves the project and you lose touch with the end users, ...
May 20, 2007
9:21:00 PM
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System Colours
We had an interesting experience on our project a few weeks ago. We asked the users for colour specifications for the GUI. Now bearing in mind they have been using a system that is 20 years old, they came up with "green back ground", ...
Apr 25, 2007
9:08:00 PM
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Making Off Shoring Work
Here is a paper I wrote some time back on how we made off shoring successful at a client site.
Mar 6, 2007
9:10:00 PM
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Kelly Johnsons 14 Rules of Management... for software!
Clarence Kelly Johnson is a famous aircraft designer who worked from the 30s to the 80s on high tech government projects. His management style has become famous because most of his projects ran extremely successful. In fact there are 14 rules of ...
Mar 1, 2007
10:21:00 PM
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Hotdesking
At the start of our project we had managed to secure 4 desks all in the same cell where we could sit together. We even had a wall chart which we could use for drawing on during discussions. Then phase two of the moving in of other projects into this ...
Feb 15, 2007
9:59:00 PM
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Open Plan Noise
I moved into a new open plan office this week, and its still being refurbished. At each entrance, there is a dispenser like this one: I assumed it was there because of the building work noise, but today I saw people wandering around with ear plugs in, ...
Jan 5, 2007
9:49:00 PM
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Summing up a project with a simple diagram
In a meeting today about the cost estimates I have completed for the project with 7 Sheets of Requirements, we got on to discussing the problems of the project with the business manager. Basically, we told him he has two problems. First he doesn't really ...
Dec 7, 2006
10:30:00 PM
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manager
manager is the name I have given to my new project management tool. Think Gantt chart. Think Microsoft Project. Then think the real world. Team members have different charge profiles - rates can change during projects. Team members can only provide given ...
Nov 9, 2006
12:00:00 AM
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7 Sheets of Requirements
Vision "Replace an enterprise information system that has been developed over the last ten years, to allow it to become stable on a modern architecture, to allow two new business units due to a split in the business to develop along their own paths, ...
Nov 8, 2006
12:00:00 AM
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DT, EMV and NPR revisited
I'm working on a project to relpace the funtionality of an existing system that is shared by two business units, so that each unit can continue development in differing directions. The customer asked me about how to make the decision of whether to build a ...
Sep 19, 2006
4:47:00 PM
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Imagine you're spending your own money
As part of the Architecture definition for a project I'm working on, I have been preparing a cost estimate. The idea is that the client wants to know if they need to tender the project out to third parties, or whether it can be developed in house by the ...
Sep 18, 2006
4:49:00 PM
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Gathering Evidence
While working on a previous project, before I had a blog, I remember an incident with a particular boss at a company which thrived on a blame culture. No one cared if software was late or crap. All they cared about was whether another department was to ...
Sep 12, 2006
4:52:00 PM

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