Tag: Project Management

As you may know from my bio here, I’m a big fan of Boston sports. So you can understand how thrilled I was a few weeks ago when “my” Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup for the first time since I was my daughter’s age!

It wasn’t easy for them, though. Through the first round of the playoffs, they looked like they could be a “one-and-done” team and everybody – including some alleged diehard fans – were already calling for the dismissal of their head coach because of their anemic performance. Nevertheless, they made the necessary adjustments, got some stellar work out of key individuals, overcame a few adversities and in the end proved to be the best team in the National Hockey League this year.

In Defense of Agile

I’ve written quite a bit about the spate of businesses that have suffered some form of disruption over the last few months – security breaches at Sony, Android malware attacks, system outages at the London Stock Exchange, operational system failures on London’s East Coast Line and numerous others. All these cases have had one thing in common: they all have had software structural issues as their root causes.

Managing Risk, Avoiding Disruption

System outages, software failures, security breaches and IT maintenance costs are all rapidly on the rise. It seems like not a day goes by that we don’t read about one company or another announcing that their system went down or revealed personal data to hackers. Couple that with published estimates of technical debt at a half-billion dollars globally and $1 million per company and you see that things are getting out of hand. The sad part about it is it doesn’t have to be that way.

CAST Highlight Gives Enterprises a Kick in the Apps

Happy Birthday to Agile Development! You’re 10 years old now; that’s an important age. A lot of things start happening at age 10. The pre-teen years start and things will seem to get awkward. Most important, a lot more will be expected of you.

Agile Turns 10 – Time to Grow Up

Whether it’s in sports, medicine, music or even a military operation, I’m a firm believer in the “best man for the job” concept. This is why Agile, or more specifically, Scrum development, sounds to me like a smart play for an organization.

Is Agile Enough to Ensure Quality?

Recently, Gartner Research VP and Fellow David Cearley hosted a webinar to discuss his group’s take on the top strategic technology trends for 2011.  The webinar followed closely the trends Gartner had announced in conjunction with its Symposium/ITExpo last October in Orlando.

Gartner Tech Trends for 2011…Or Rather the One They Forgot

Recently, Gartner Analyst Andy Kyte made quite a stir when he published a report that brought to the forefront just how expensive the cost of software maintenance is becoming for the IT industry.  As reported by Patrick Thibodeau in Computerworld, Kyte cited what he called IT Debt as already standing at $500 billion and fast on its way to surpassing $1 Trillion globally.

Don’t Dawdle on Debt: Establishing a Technical Debt Action Plan

Discussions in the industry about technical debt have been focused on the IT costs involved in remediation and the potential risk to the company if applications deployed with poor structural integrity fail to perform optimally, or fail completely.

The Financial Implications of Technical Debt

I'm tired of hearing "You can't manage what you can't measure." If you're older than 6, you know Santa is a fiction. If you're older than 11, you don't need me to break it to you that of course you can manage what you can't measure. There's big money in that.

Managing What You Can’t Measure

There are a lot of Project Portfolio Management (PPM) tools out there. And there's a lot of hot air about the distinctions between PPM, ALM,  PLM, and who-knows-what-other-M.

The Problem with PPM Tools