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3
Nov

Moving to Agile Documentation – why ‘Pair Inspections’ make sense

Moving to Agile Documentation – why ‘Pair Inspections’ make sense One of the more controversial techniques fostered by some in the agile community is ‘Pair Programming’. It is a practice that originates from Extreme Programming, a specific Agile process pioneered by Kent Beck. It is controversial, particularly for larger corporates because it seeks to adjust …

20
Oct

The move to Agile – The impact on Business Analysts

The move to Agile – The impact on Business Analysts The current move towards agile appears inexorable. IT executives are finally paying attention to the benefits that agile brings. However, doing agile well is a non-trivial matter especially for business analysts used to SDLC / waterfall processes. Indeed many projects are more suited to waterfall …

11
Sep

Traceability, dependencies between documents & an interesting variant; Simulation

Traceability, dependencies between documents & an interesting variant; Simulation I blogged a while back in Document dependencies, traceability and Impact Analysis – tales from the front line about dependencies within and across documents and how classic traceability matrix approaches fall short in two key aspects; maintainability of the trace matrix when reacting to changing doc …

29
Jun

Program failures and the US Census Bureau, a reminder

Program failures and the US Census Bureau, a reminder During the early days of VisibleThread in Spring 2008, I used to carry around a positioning slide deck. This, I shared with interested parties; potential investors and early adopters mostly, outlining the VisibleThread value proposition. In it, I would outline high profile, troubled programs. I would …

15
Jun

Growing a PMO from infancy to maturity

Growing a PMO from infancy to maturity At VisibleThread, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to observe PMOs (Project Management Offices) at first hand, particularly so as we work with many of the leading players in the FS (Financial Services) sector. I recently came across a nice analogy on the PMI site at: www.pmi.org/Pages/PMO-Growing-Pains.aspx …