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NotesOn: IT Management – Strategic vs. Tactical Roles

This post is the result of a fascinating discussion with an IT Executive on the subject of Strategic versus Tactical responsibilities for different roles. While the subject center is IT, the ratios described herein apply to any type of company that I can think of. The “who does which” ratio, who is strategic versus who is tactical, isn’t at all one way or the other, i.e. execs are not just Strategic and technical folks are not just Tactical. … Click on Title for more [...]

Author Note: Upcoming Posts To Look For

I have been really really really busy of late, among other reasons I’ve been driving two major projects (Programs truthfully) at the same time so, alas, I’ve been ignoring my duties here. As impetus for me to complete them I wanted to let you know about three (3) upcoming posts. In no particular order:


NotesOn: Why Developers-Writers are the Worst Testers-Editors

V1.1 – Revised:  08/12/2014

I just updated NotesOn:  Project Management – IT Testing 101 … for the third time, as there were, continued to be, a number of un-clarities and out-right errors in both the text and several of the diagrams.  To be generous we could call them “mental typos”.

For instance, on one [...]

Author Note: An Appreciation Plus IT Testing 101 Updated

The company I work at is very big on appreciations, as am I, which is to say thanking someone for a job well done. So. I would like to thank Damian Kilday for his taking the time to review a slightly earlier version of the Testing Diagram and Table. His thoughts and suggestions are [...]

Author Note: Testing Testing Testing Testing T…

This latest post — NotesOn: Project Management – IT Testing 101 — has, in a sense, been in the works for years. Over the decades I and my teams have done testing both the right way … and the not so right way … until we finally figured out there is a Right Way [...]

NotesOn: Project Management – IT Testing 101

The opportunity is just too good to pass up. Absolutely classic. Setting all political discussions aside, after three and a half years and tens to hundreds of millions of dollars (depending on to whom you listen) invested, the release of the “Obamacare” website was an unmitigated disaster. There couldn’t be a better poster child example of how not to run a project, of any magnitude. But. … Click on the title to continue [...]

NotesOn: IT Fundamentals — Project Management 101

This is a very simple and straightforward post. It has to do with lessons learned … and learned … and learned … and … Apparently some management type folks have to learn “things” the hard way. Or. Never thought there was anything regarding Project Management to be learned. Except. Of course. Nothing could be further from the truth. For those who don’t know it, here is Lesson 1 from Project Management 101. … Click on the title to continue [...]

Author Note: Yes, I am still here …

… just wanted to let you know I’m alive and well. Took on a new IT role a while ago with several very steep learning curves. Plus the usual winter, and sort of spring, “stuff”, along with dental work and other “fun filled” factors.

More to the point, I have a couple of new [...]

Author Note: One New, One Update

I am pleased to announce that despite the weather dropping into the low teens and twenties (brrrrrr) I was able to defrost my keyboard long enough to provide one new NotesOn and one update:

New:       NotesOn:  IT Fundamentals — Do Not Automate Confusion

Update:  NotesOn:  Cumulative Recovery Time Objective

If [...]

NotesOn: IT Fundamentals – Do Not Automate Confusion

Interestingly, the subject of automation has come up in a number of different conversations lately; generally around the area of trying to automate a business process that didn’t seem to be ready to be automated. I was chatting about this very subject with my wife (a long time CAO/CFO type) the other night and she just shook her head and said, too, it can’t be done. … Click on title to read more [...]