Tag: software analysis

Since the time of my first household chores, I cannot recall an age when I did not look at a “to do” list of mine and see the need to prioritize things. Whether it was taking out the trash first because trash collection was the next day or recognizing the need to finish edits to a press release going out the next day, prioritization has always been the first step to me getting work done.

I don’t think I’m alone on this one. Prioritization is probably as important to getting things done successfully as the actual taking on of a task.

Priorities: Fix it First!

I love my job!

I’ve always been an avid writer, even as a kid. So when it came to career choices my decision to enter a profession that demanded writing skills seemed like a natural fit.

I started out as a newspaper reporter, following in my father’s footsteps, but as the jobs and money there began drying up in the mid-1990’s I took my interest in Technology and made the jump to writing for high tech companies and have been happy doing this job ever since.

Quality is a Happy Place

Almost everyone has heard about the Titanic and the sinking of the unsinkable.  I guess if you assume your ship is unsinkable, having only 20 lifeboats for a few thousands people seems reasonable.  Maybe it gets overlooked when there are so many important “features” to get right on the maiden voyage.   I’m sure the pressure to ensure the comfort of hundreds of VIP’s must have been immense.  Sometimes it takes a real disaster for change to take place.

Is your Critical Application the next Titanic?

With every passing day the world’s technical debt continues to expand.  Industry research shows the average business application carries as much as $2 million in Technical Debt.  Analysts at Gartner estimate industry IT debt at $500 billion---and on target to reach $1 trillion by 2015.   What’s interesting about Technical Debt is every ADM team knows they have some, but how much and how critical the debt is typically remains a mystery.  Most financial debt obligations are easy to calculate and definitively known at any given time.  Of course both Financial and Technical Debt both become frightening when they are aggregated, just take a look at a national debt clock if you don’t agree.

Time to Get Smart about Technical Debt

My tastes in entertainment are pretty broad. While I really enjoy attending sporting events and when Bruce Springsteen is in town I lay aside nearly everything else to attend his concert (as I did in Boston on March 26), I’m also one who enjoys catching a Broadway or Off Broadway Show now and then. In fact, I over the next six weeks I will attend two Red Sox games and two shows at the New World Stages theatre in Midtown.

Replaying the Data Breach Blues

I hate Geometry.

Actually, I do not hate the concept of Geometry – I’m rather partial to shapes and appreciate the need to calculate the areas, perimeters, volumes, et al that they represent. What I hate about the subject – or should I say “hated” (past tense) since I haven’t had a Geometry class since the mid-1980’s – were the proofs I had to do in order to get full credit for my work.

Will the REAL Agile Please Stand Up?

I’ve never been much of a horror movie fan. I think my deep-seated love and background of history and my fascination for things that are real diminishes my ability to kick back and allow my wits to be uprooted by monsters and other ghoulish figures like Jason from Friday the 13th or Freddie Krueger from Nightmare on Elm Street.

New Year, Same Fear

Let’s face it, monopolies are evil. They distort markets, result in higher prices and stifle innovation. This is true whether the monopoly controls an industry, a sport or a way of thinking. John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil created artificially high prices until broken up, the NFL resisted updating its rules until the upstart AFL emerged and the Catholic Church’s control over people’s beliefs and lifestyles resulted in the Dark Ages.

Will CIOs Fiddle as IT Burns?

I couldn’t let this week go by without making at least one mention of what is taking place this weekend. This annual event held every year since the year I was born brings most of the United States to a mesmerized halt on the first Sunday in February…and this year I’ll be more mesmerized than I have been the past few years.

Sacking the Hackers

Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi once said that "Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing." But decades after Lombardi's Green Bay Packers dominated the NFL, a new slogan joined the sports lexicon - "moral victory."

Mobilizing Security Failure

One of my favorite television shows these days is one of the highly successful USA Network dramas called “White Collar.” The plot revolves around a stellar FBI agent and a highly educated criminal mastermind, who specializes in art thefts and forgeries, whom the FBI agent brought to justice. The FBI agent then turns the criminal into a consultant to the FBI and together they go on to flourish as a crime-fighting team, clearing 94% of their caseload.

Who Secures Security?

My father was proud of his military service. He believed that young men and women could learn a lot not only from having served in the armed forces, but from having actually experienced the stress that comes with "taking fire."

Taking Fire over Technical Debt

As a writer, I frequently go back and review pieces I’ve written over time. When I do, I’d like to think that I’ll be happy and satisfied with each and every article, announcement, blog or brochure.

Hey Agile: Good Enough Ain’t Good Enough