Niwot Ridge Resources
A Source of Information for Mission Critical Software Systems, Management Processes, and Strategies
Integrated Master Plan / Integrated Master Schedule Briefing 560KB
Balanced Scorecard Symposium, San Francisco, CA, October 28th and 29th, 2003.
Creating teams involves a staged set of processes. This presentation describes those processes.
Leading at the Edge 150K
Managing IT departments and software development organizations in the same way Shackleton managed the Antarctic expedition.
With the advent of teaming, matrix organizations need to address specific problems that arise regarding responsibility and accountability
This presentation is abstracted from the CH2MHILL project Delivery System book which is the starting point for all project and program managers at CH.
This presentation is an abstraction from the McCarthy's book Software for you Head: Core Protocols for Creating and Maintaining Shared Visions.
The concepts of Earned Value are some what obtuse, even to those of us who live the numbers every day. Here's a simple reminder slide to jog the memory. Even though there are lost of acronyms the power of EV should not be overlooked.
The business question of "what does the PMO do?" is asked more often in these days of reducing budgets. To answer this question, construct a charter for the PMO, by asking the sponsoring executive "what information regarding projects, programs, and portfolios do you want?"
Using Earned Value in an agile software development is beginning to be understood as a replacement for XP's velocity.
Managing with the Socratic method has now reached a new level of understanding. This presentation is a quick overview from a Defense Acquisition University Journal of the same title.
Balanced Scorecard is a powerful tool to focus an IT organization on the tactical delivery of value. Starting with a coherent and concise strategy, Balanced Scorecard provides the mechanism to construct objectives, measures, and targets to fulfill that strategy. Once the strategy has been defined, Balanced Scorecard also provides the means of tracing these objectives to projects and resources used to implement the projects.
Program Office Foundations 79K (A Work in Progress)
The create of a Program Office for the management of IT projects appears obvious at first. This presentation provides guidance for those attempting to create such an office.
Post Normal Science and eXtreme Programming 39K (A Work in Progress)
The current debate in the methodology circles is How can we understand eXtreme Programming in the context of normal science? With primarily anecdotal evidence XP and it's relatives have a hard time penetrating the traditional software development mindset. This presentation addresses some underlying epistemological issues with discussing XP using a normal science vocabulary.
Using time box scheduling is a powerful way to stay focused on the outcome and avoiding the pitfalls of estimating the about of time it will take. Instead an estimate of the amount of work that can be accomplished in a fixed amount of time is much easier.
The current buzz on the street is that XP is a revolution and is going to be the Next New Thing. DeMarco’s forward to the "Green Book," claims that XP "is the most important movement in our field today. I predict that it will be as essential to the present generations as the SEI and its CMM was to the last." This presentation, given at the April 23rd meeting the XP Denver, presented the issues surrounding the deployment of lightweight processes, including eXtreme Programming. We need to ask the question, "what is the appropriate development methodology for our specific project, the domain, the team, our stakeholders, our managers, and our stock holders?
Standard Corba ORBs provide a generic set of event management functions. These functions can be enhanced to support event typing, and event channels based on this typing. This presentation the accompanying paper was given at the 2001 EAI Conference sponsored by OMG, ,located at http://www.omg.org/news/meetings/eai2001/program.htm.
The components of a successful project are usually obvious after the fact. Discovering these components and managing the project within a framework of these components is a different story. This presentation provides a framework for successfully managing a Commercial Off The Shelf system integration project. Although aimed at Publishing Industry, there are useful guidelines for all COTS product integration efforts.
Workflow systems provide a unique set of tools for integrating heterogeneous system components. In order to build successful workflow based systems a methodology is needed control unnecessary creativity. This presentation lays the ground work for such a methodology.
System Architecture in the EDM/PDM Domain with slide notes 588K
The creation and management of system architecture has many dimensions. The domain of Document Management and Product Data Management creates unique requirements for the System Architect. This presentation outlines some of these requirements and methods used to address them. A reduced version of this paper "The Role of the Architect in EDM/PDM System Deployment," has been published in the January 2000 issue of Engineering Data Management Newsletter, pp. 5–7.
This checklist is derived from Software Program Managers Network materials. It should be posted on the door of every project manager, and checked every morning before work starts.