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Re-quote du jour

from http://herdingcats.typepad.com/my_weblog/2015/05/quote-of-the-day.html Any process that does not have provisions for its own refinement will eventually fail or be abandoned – W. R. Corcoran, PhD, P.E., The Phoenix Handbook: The Ultimate Event Evaluation Manual for Finding Profit Improvement in Adverse Events, … Continue reading

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Do you need a serious requirements document?

Some don’t seem to think so, http://www.infoworld.com/article/2624279/agile-development/agile-programming-10-years-on–did-it-deliver-.html Getting everyone on board still can be an issue, however. “One of my guys keeps telling me that he would like to have more specified requirements. I keep telling him we’re going faster … Continue reading

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SEI Webinar, When Measurement Benefits the Measured

https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/139/3990 With Mark Kasunic and your’s truly we discuss some early summaries from our collected software project data. Recorded Wednesday April 23, 2014, This will be placed into the archives for viewing at your leisure. Until then, just register for … Continue reading

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Carpe per diem

“No massive bureaucratic machine that depends on well-timed “heroics” will ever be reliable.” – Scott Sumner (economist) Any process that relies upon getting the best people, at best, won’t scale up. A well designed process helps everyone perform better.  Any  … Continue reading

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Expanding and sustaining process improvement

On the SEI blog I write about some of our experience at Nedbank. There are two broad categories of challenges associated with scaling process change in general or TSP in particular to larger organizations: 1) The logistics of rollout and … Continue reading

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Building software team performance

My contribution to the SEI technical blog describes what I’ve been up to in Africa. I wrote about a experience with a development team at a bank in Johannesburg. http://blog.sei.cmu.edu/post.cfm/nedbank-uses-tsp-to-improve-financial-systems Check out the video where the developers describe their experience … Continue reading

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Plan for Success !

My article in Software Quality Professional just came out. http://asq.org/software-quality/2012/03/software-quality/plan-for-success.pdf It is available for download if you register. The content is technical, and includes a model I built, but the message is simple. To succeed in software development, plan for … Continue reading

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Carpe per diem

Science advances one funeral at a time. Max Planck, early 20th century physicist A more literal translation might have been “A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because … Continue reading

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How to Write a Good Abstract and Title for Presentation at a Conference

Je n’ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n’ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte. Translation: I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time. -Blaise Pascal Writing a good … Continue reading

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Quote de jure

“In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.” — Robert Heinlein Yes, I’ve seen it. BTW, yes I know the difference between “du jour” and “de jure”, … Continue reading

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