Much has been said about using Earned Value in the
management of large complex projects focused in hardware development or
Can EV be applied to software development projects
in the same way.
Effective enterprise governance focuses individual and group expertise and
experience where it can be most productive... monitors and measures
performance... provides assurance to critical issues. Information technology,
long considered solely an enabler of an enterprise's strategy, must now be
regarded as an integral part of that strategy.
Balanced scorecard is a method of focusing on the
elements of strategy. Combining strategy, objectives, their measurement, and
initiatives to implement the objectives in support of strategy - Balanced
Scorecard is ideally suited for the management of IT organizations.
Systems engineering provides a powerful paradigm
for agile project management and product development
Probabilistic Schedule and Cost Management
The creation of a credible plan and a supporting
cost estimate requires a probabilistic approach
There is a nearly unlimited amount of manufacturing information on the web. Most
can be found with searching. here are some useful links I have come across and
subset of PDM systems is the management of engineering design configurations.
These resources provide background on configurators and their interaction with
PDM amd ERP systems.
Enterprise Resource Management
ERP systems were once the cutting edge of enterprise applications. Now that
reality has settled in the deployment of ERP systems has become just another IT
problem with its associated set of risk and rewards.
XML, NewsML, and
of XML is expanded into many domains. These resources describe some of the
domains where XML contributes to new and innovative solutions.
Project Management Resources
manage of projects should follow some type of methodology. Here are some
resource to guide the search for that methodology.
Ariane 5 Failure,
NASA Faster, Better, Cheaper, and Mars Losses Resources
There has been much discussion of the Ariane 5 Failure and the use of XP–Like
testing processes in the forums. The conjecture that test first would have
saved the Ariane is pure speculation, with little understanding of the
processes by which the flight control software was developed.
The following resource links provide some background on the subject and
provide a conclusion that the requirements elicitation and management process
was the root cause of the failure.
By examining these resources hopefully it will become clear that the code that
created the exception was first supposed to be executed and second not
specified for the 501 flight.
Safety Critical Systems
Safety Critical Systems are a domain on
interest as well as profession. The discussions on the XP and OTUG forums
sometimes present opportunities for the participants to make sweeping statements
about things they know little about, when it comes to fault tolerant safety
Post–Normal Science Complex Adaptive
Systems, and eXtreme Programming
The topic of eXtreme Programming (XP) and related
Agile methodologies has both interested and troubled me for some time. The loose
way in which folks talk about the processes and benefits of XP goes against my
nature. At the same time the attractiveness of creative development of software
systems has always been my interest. I've discovered that the field of
Post–Normal Science addresses many of the issues I've encountered.
domain of product data management is confusing at times, since Enterprise
Resource Planning systems also claim to be in this space. The role of the PDM
system is to manage engineering data while the role of the ERP system is
to manage manufacturing and financial data.