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Are Your Metrics Meaningless?
By Patti Gilchrist
Data is an essential corporate asset, critical for the continued success of any business. Data empowers organizations to make critical decisions and drives strategy. Thus, organizations often enthusiastically collect and report a variety and abundance of data, with the mindset that more is better. However, if not managed effectively, this mass of data may not provide enough meaningful or measurable value and may actually produce misleading conclusions. When implementing a system of metric collection and reporting, there are potential roadblocks that can derail the entire process, leading to meaningless metrics. A common cause of error is an inadequate data collection... Read More»

A Lesson from a Calendar
By Margaret de Haan
From the time that my twins were born, I have created a yearly calendar for the northern contingent of my family to keep them off of my back about sending pictures. For those of you with kids and family that live 2,000 miles away, I know you understand why I go through the hassle every year of spending hours on-line yearly, as the few hours spent gets me a year of less complaining. In the past it has taken me about two hours tops to complete, this year it took six, and that got me thinking... what's happened to quality... Read More»

Troubled Projects Troubling You - Some White Papers to help you make it Right!
By Jerry Perone
Standish reports continue to indicate that the number of troubled projects rises each year. On these troubled projects, private companies and government agencies lose millions. Over time, I've been called in to help fix some of these projects. I never like getting that phone call, hearing a worried voice on the other end of the line, knowing that they're in dire need of some help. What I can say is that I love to make it right - taking a troubled project and fixing it, getting that terrible creep away from the scope or ensuring that a project is back... Read More»

So That's Why they Call It Insight...
By Kent McDonald
A project team I was working with recently was struggling with a decision where the business owner's desired approach, while not technically prohibited from an architectural perspective, was certainly not the desired approach. The product owner wanted a solution that utilized department level hardware, whereas the the tech lead was pushing an enterprise level solution that required the product owner's department to depend on another department with which they did not have much interaction. I suggested that the business analyst identify the relevant requirements and the characteristics of each solution so that we could do a fairly objective analysis of... Read More»

Mind The Gap
By Kent McDonald
The London Underground is famous for the saying "Mind the Gap" which encourages passengers to watch out for the space between the subway cars and the platforms at many of its stations. Most projects have gaps, only these are the differences between the requirements that have been explicitly stated, and the items needed to successfully deliver the intended result of the project. The technique of gap analysis helps the project team avoid falling into the gaps that could cause the project to fail, such as forgetting necessary data. A project team I am working with right now is in the... Read More»

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