Category - Content Marketing

3
Mar

What is Document Content Analysis? How it differs from Document Management. (Part 1)

What is Document Content Analysis? How it differs from Document Management.  (Part 1) (This is the first of two blog posts.) We work with corporate entities both in the IT and Bid Compliance space. With few exceptions, these organisations currently use, or are looking to use Microsoft Sharepoint. VisibleThread does use its own repository based …

17
Dec

Square pegs, round holes – why non-funcs are really not stories

Square pegs, round holes – why non-funcs are really not stories I’ve been blogging lately about a couple of topics pertaining to ‘agile’ methods. Along those lines, I wanted to consider one suggested practice that I think is worth reflecting on, that is; the treatment of NFRs (non-functional requirements) as stories. Let’s draw back for …

26
Nov

Iteration 0 in Agile – Initial Requirement Analysis in disguise

Iteration 0 in Agile – Initial Requirement Analysis in disguise Scott Ambler is a good guy. He’s done some interesting studies of project success for agile projects. If interested, you can see a lot of his work here at his agile modelling site. Scott, in common with many agilists is an advocate of iterative delivery. …

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 …

7
Apr

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 …

5
Feb

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 over at www.ModernAnalyst.com titled: ‘ Using Extreme Inspections to Significantly Improve Requirements Practice’. The …

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