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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 [...]

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: The Three Sins Of Software Development

I recently received a software upgrade to a utility used widely by both IT and non-IT users alike to help maintain and protect their systems. I am planning on rolling it back to the prior version. Why? Because while the company invested a great deal of time and money in their new product … they violated all three primary sins of software development in the process, making it nearly unusable. [Originally published 01/18/2011. Republished to replace lost posting.] … Click on the title to read more. [...]

NotesOn: Risk Management – Risk Based Project Management

Risk Based Project Management, as a subject, has come up more than once and did again recently. It’s doing so reminded me of a short email chain with a bright young project manager named Linda. The discussion is succinct, to the point, and of value to the project management community so I am publishing it as written. [Originally published 12/29/2010. Republished to replace lost posting.] … Click on the title to read more. [...]

NotesOn: IT Fundamentals – The Seventh Triple Constraint

Everyone familiar with project manager roles (IT or otherwise) knows, or knows about the so called Triple Constraints (i.e. six have been identified and are widely accepted). However. There is a Seventh Constraint, a critical one to project success that, if ignored or slighted, can lead to project failure. … Click on title to read more. [...]

NotesOn: IT Fundamentals – Simple Defined More

After posting “NotesOn: IT Fundamentals – Simple Defined”, a discussion and debate began on Herding Cats (the site referenced in my post). The result of that series of comments is quite educational and furthers the searching look into the definition of “Simple”. … Click on the title to read more. [...]

NotesOn: IT Fundamentals – Simple Defined

In various articles for this website I have used, and will continue to use, the word “simple”. But using it without clarifying what it defines is a fundamental error, as “simple” must be understood within the context of its subject. It must be appreciated and accepted (or not) within the framework of a discussion area. … Click on the title to read more. [...]

NotesOn: IT HR – Part II – Characteristics of IT Newbies

IT, more than any other industry I know of, has and requires people with a certain amount of “attitude”. Attitude, a certain status as a “prima donna”, can be a good thing. As long as it is managed and focused. Allowed to “run amuck”, however, and there can be problems. … Click on the title to read more. [...]

NotesOn: First-Aid Kit for IT Management Plans

In “NotesOn: A Quick-Fix IT Repair Plan” I mentioned that there are only three steps necessary to begin to get an IT group’s house in order: 1. Stabilize, 2. Simplify, 3. Standardize. To do these steps you need to generate a plan or plans. But. What happens when a plan goes awry? … Click on the title to read more. [...]

NotesOn: Welcome IT Managers, Project Managers

This site is dedicated to IT Fundamentals; knowledge that can help you as a manager improve your career and your IT organization. … Click on the title to read more. [...]