Evolving Our System

March 2, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: Process 

After working with a group on requirements issues over the past couple of days, one person queried me on a particular challenge they were having. It seems they build their products in phases, and in doing so they generate a separate requirements document for each phase. Three phases would generate three separate documents, each with the information from the last phase, plus any new feature for the latest one. This generates quite a bit of duplication, a lot of copy and pasting from the first to the successor documents. What to do? Read more

What To Do…

February 3, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: Process, Project management 

Once in a great while, I find myself in a position where I wonder what to do next. This is rare, of course, as usually there are more than enough things to keep me occupied. With technology companies, it is almost always the case that there is way too much to do, and even worse, it is almost always someone else that seems to be calling the shots. From what I have seen, there is a better way. Read more

Validate Your Assumptions

March 11, 2007 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, People 

Last week I mentioned a particularly nasty bug from way back that held us up for weeks as we were trying to implement an RS422 protocol between two devices. Read more

Software Evolution

June 1, 2003 by · Comment
Filed under: Project management 

We can learn a lot about software development by observing how people manage their e-mail inboxes. For years, even though I would diligently move important information into specific folders for later retrieval, control of my inbox had escaped me. Despite all my best efforts, it was almost impossible to cull it down below a threshold of hundreds of messages. The effort required to regain control was beyond me. I’ve seen others that don’t manage their mail at all, and the number of messages in their inboxes number into the thousands – retrieval of any relevant information is a daunting task. Read more

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