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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 …

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Document dependencies, traceability and Impact Analysis – tales from the front line…

Document dependencies, traceability and Impact Analysis – tales from the front line Well, it’s been a very busy last few months. Between getting our 1.2.1 release out and working closely with our key accounts it’s been full on. So, I’ve come up for air in the last few days and I wanted to take the …

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Extreme Inspections – towards better metrics!

Extreme Inspections – towards better metrics! One of the biggest challenges we face in IT is demonstrable & measurable ways to access the quality of IT specifications. So, it was extremely refreshing to find a great article just published this week.The article focuses on applying Quality Assurance techniques to IT documentation. It’s written by German …

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What is the ‘right’ SDLC Doc Template? – some observations

What is the ‘right’ SDLC Doc Template? – some observations We recently received the following question: “I work for a small subsidiary. Can you recommend sources of documentation templates so I can build best practice to model for our parent company? Then I could recommend visible thread to propagate the standards.” The question opens up …

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The strange case of the missing ‘serf-serve’ option

The strange case of the missing ‘serf-serve’ option I had a reminder last week of one of those quirky little rules in life that have no logical justification. I was traveling with a colleague in New Jersey and we were running slightly late for an appointment with a customer, feeling a little anxious as the …

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What’s in a name? Well, quite a bit as it turns out!

What’s in a name? Well, quite a bit as it turns out! Lately I have been working with a certain large Financial Institution. We are putting in place a pilot program for VisibleThread as part of their global Quality Management initiative. It was in this context that the particular pilot customer brought up the term …

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The design of everyday things & how software products are still ignoring users

The design of everyday things & how software products are still ignoring users There’s something amazing about coming across people who are truly insightful in their field. One such individual is Don Norman. Years ago, I read his seminal work called ‘The design of everyday things’. You can see more here. Now I have to …

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