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Distributed Development (Part I)

July 17, 2013 0 Comments
Distributed Development (Part I)

The idea of an IT project team spread out over a wide geographical area is an old one. It became practical in the late ’70s and early ’80s, with the advent of hard disk drives — instead of punched cards, paper tape or magnetic tape — for source-code file storage, wide-area networking (including the Internet), […]

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Project Metrics (Part III)

July 12, 2013 0 Comments
Lies, Damned Lies, and Project Metrics (Part III)

[Here are links to Part I and Part II] In the prior two parts (links above), I covered the ideal qualities of metrics (informative and, preferably, predictive; objective; and automated), and why it’s so hard to come up with useful metrics for IT management. Let’s now talk about two concepts that may help you monitor […]

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Project Metrics (Part II)

July 11, 2013 1 Comment
Lies, Damned Lies, and Project Metrics (Part II)

[Part I is here.] In my previous post, I talked about the use of metrics in IT project management and the three qualities of an ideal metric: informative and preferably predictive, objective, and automated. The ideal set of metrics would tell you when your IT project is going to ship; these metrics would give you […]

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Project Metrics (Part I)

July 8, 2013 5 Comments
Lies, Damned Lies, and Project Metrics (Part I)

When Capers Jones published Assessment and Control of Software Risks (Yourdon Press, 1994), he identified the most serious software risk in IT projects as “Inaccurate Metrics,” and the second most serious software risk as “Inadequate Measurement”. I remember being startled when I first read that back in 1995—they certainly weren’t what I would have chosen—and […]

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Fireflies, conveyor belts, and landfills

March 4, 2009 0 Comments
Fireflies, conveyor belts, and landfills

My newest Baseline column is up, and in it, I talk about technology lifecycles that can cause you grief: Each technology is on its own product lifecycle, which may or may not match with your organization’s business and development lifecycles. In particular, there are certain cycle mismatch patterns that commonly occur in organizations looking to […]

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