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'Benefits of having Project Management Professional Credential' a scenario based hypothesis The scenarios are worked out with the following assumptions; The PM is handling a project of this nature(size, complexity, distribution) for the first time The project is critical No special training on professional project management is provided to the project manager The organization do not have documented project guidelines for the project manager to refer to Scenario 1 – project initiation You are ...
Any of you ever installed a distributed multi-machine system? How did you do it? Did you use an off-the-shelf (OTS) product such as WISE or InstallShield? Well, my company was faced with this decision last year. Here is my story, but I'd like to hear yours. The company that I work for recently released our newest product that is a highly distributed Windows system with tons of C++ COM dlls, DCOM proxies, Registry entries, message queues (MSMQ), Services, .NET Interop, and lots of databases (including ...
Informal V&V Techniques Informal techniques are among the most commonly used. They are called informal because they rely heavily on human reasoning and subjectivity without stringent mathematical formalism. The informal label should not imply, however, a lack of structure or formal guidelines in their use. In fact, these techniques should be applied using well-structured approaches under formal guidelines. They can be very effective if employed properly. The following techniques are discussed ...
I find myself in yet another contract with a company that has recently switched to using an Agile methodology. I like Agile. I believe the methodologies that encompass Agile strongly support good software development, help minimize risk, and help to meet the needs of the customer quicker then a traditional waterfall approach. The problem I am finding is that many companies do not understand Agile enough to utilize it correctly. There is a tendency to take bits and pieces of it, run with them to an ...
After my last post, two people agreed with Chris. Here are their stories and I don't think I will have to make the commentary on this one. Jeremy Oh Chris, that sounds awfully familiar. At one point I was the"Architect" on 7 projects at one time. My solution for meeting hell was to jump to a company doing Agile development (flat team structure, more collaboration, better communication channels). Meeting hell is a major process and organizational smell. If you really have to schedule meetings just ...
This was left in my comments here and written by Chris Williams I've found that if you disagree with every single point made by anyone in the meeting, they tend to not invite you back. Of course, credibility suffers some... but you're left alone to do your work. The danger of this... is if you work somewhere that everyone thinks you are the smartest one on the team, they assume you're right and invite you to even MORE meetings. Then they "promote you" to system designer or architect... and you find ...
I have found the solution to Meeting Hell, more holidays. Yesterday (Labor Day) was great because there were no meetings. It was also excellent, because meetings were already being cancelled, due to the long weekend. This event got me thinking. Why should a meeting be cancelled, due to the long weekend? The difference is only one work day. If the work week was cut down to 4 days, would we have the same amount of meetings or would that number go down? I have had people ask me to post more often on ...
Marcus Perryman (UK Microsoft Mobility Guru) has posted this on his blog. "Microsoft Mobile Embedded Developers User Group UK. This will be a free User Group that MS will support now and again with the use of their London Offices for meetings. During these meetings we (the organizers) would hopefully have organized technical presentations from both software companies and hardware companies alike. As a software developerof Windows Mobile solutions you might also like to join this community and participate ...
My company is hiring 2 web developers immediately for my project. Title: Web Developer Technical Skills: VB.NET & VB6, ASP.NET & ASP, Oracle / PL-SQL, Agile Development Techniques Location: Scott Air Force Base, IL Area Code: 314, 618 Job Description: The DataTech Group is looking for an experienced Web Developer for design and development of Telecommunications Inventory and Billing Application for Department of Defense. The position requires ELIGIBLITY for DOD secret clearance. US Citizen ...
From my experience, most projects are already in Meeting Hell. So the next few posts will be focused on stopping meeting hell. These experience will hopefully not only come from me, but from the rest of the blogosphere. Remember to leave a comment or contact me, in order to share your stories. I have gone into several meetings and have had Person A giving their status report and then Person B raises an objection to the way Person A is implementing a feature. Soon it evolves (or devolves in my opinion), ...
I have done a lot of project management, since graduation. I was thrilled to be put in that role for several projects. I have learned that nothing gets people more irritated then 'Meeting Hell'. I can tell you that as a project manger and as a team member 'Meeting Hell' irritates me equally as much. I define 'Meeting Hell' as going into one meeting and coming out scheduling three to four more and in those meetings scheduling more meetings. Soon enough no one is actually working and the project is ...
My Personal Productivity System – How it Works I've had a few people ask me questions about how I use all the tools I do in a systematic way. I may sometimes be seen as using too many tools and plugins. One of the initial criticisms I've heard from people is that it takes too long to use all the tools. I disagree. At first, it does take awhile to learn to use a new tool. It also sometimes takes awhile to learn which tool to use for what, since many tools overlap in functionality is seemingly ...
The Greater Charleston .NET User Group (GC.NUG) meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:00pm at Blackbaud on Daniel Island. Our next meeting is September 8th and features an APRESS speaker (Les Smith) and of course pizza and sodas will be provided. Also, we are having South Carolina's 1st Code Camp on September 17th. Registration is free, but necessary for a proper head count. Please visit our Code Camp site: http://www.gcnug.org/codecamp for more info. We also have informal coffee meetings ...
Vacation is over, time for life to resume. The Portland CodeCamp was fun, and Meltdown was a blast but I've been neglectful of other projects while tromping all over the Pacific NorthWest. The Jacksonville Code Camp is coming up in a few weeks... The next release of HA! is scheduled for end of August. that is followed by Dragon*Con and then the Charleston Code Camp (both in September) I also have to get back in the habit of writing each night since I have chapters due before too long. David Weller ...
Although a seemingly small group, there are a couple of significant groups that I've been to that are worth mentioning. My first experience was with the West Michigan .Net User's Group (http://www.grdotnet.org/). The turn-out was impressive, but the presentation and affiliation with Microsoft personnel was more than impressive. This group is well worth your time if you live near or in the Grand Rapids, MI area. Next in the Lansing .Net User's Group (http://portal.artemis-solu... ...
Since our wedding (and before) my wife and I have been searching for a place to call home - for at least a year, maybe more. This made me think a lot about what kind of place I would like to live in, and I reached some conclusions - if I could I would like to live in the country - away from city life, not that I dislike the city, but that is what I prefer. I grew up in a small village and as a young boy, going to the city was a major hassle - in Israel nothing is far away, but the fact that there ...
OK. This is out of sequence. I know that. I'm just getting this stuff up here as fast as I can. This post is for user group members everywhere, but is primarily written for the members and leaders of the Enterprise Developers Guild. We've got a group to be proud of guys, but I'm sure we'll make it even better. Sunday at Tech Ed was INetA Summit day. We've come a long way in the last year. We meet with the Culminis folks - the "INETA" for IT Pros. We have a lot in common, but we have some significant ...
Greater Charleston .NET User GroupOur June meeting is a *mere* 6 days away... Lou Vega of SPAWAR (and GC.NUG) is our guest speaker, and he will be talking about Mobile Development with the .NET Compact Framework. We'll also be handing out a bunch of copies of Visual Studio 2005 Team System BETA 2 DVD SET We have some GREAT drawings this month, including books from Addison Wesley, MS Press and more. We aren't having a “members only” drawing this month... so our big item will be open to ...
Last night's meeting of the Greater Charleston .NET User Group marked some high (and low) points for our young (< 1 year old) group. First, the high points: Our INETA speaker, Steven Smith of ASPAlliance.com was excellent. He presented a lot of information (most of it new to our members) in a very effective format. Plenty of demos and discussion. He definitely knows his material and didn't stumble over any of the tougher questions (and there were a few). Our giveaways were pretty terrific. Our ...
Ah! No more having to drive through traffic to get downtown after work to make it to the GUVSM meetings in Montreal in the freezing cold. Now I have to take the Skytrain back home, get the car and drive out to the BCIT campus to attend the .NETBC meetings. At least it's not cold.The next meeting is this coming Monday and I'll be trying out the new .NET dash to hear the following: This session will include several parts, the first being an introduction to Business Intelligence and how it encompasses ...
Cnet news.com has an interview with Ray Ozzie, regarding how he will be involved with Microsoft. I think Groove's acquisition by Microsoft will be a great thing (heck it was bound to happen anyway). I've played around with groove about a couple of years back, and I liked what I saw. Anyways in a previous post of mine about Moon Edit I hinted at how real-time interactive collaboration was lacking in the office system (SharePoint namely). This is where I feel the P2P technology behind groove can really ...
There has been in huge decrease in post for me lately. Was it blogging burn out? I don't think so. I have just been super busy with everything going on in my life. Work has taken a lot out of me lately. Meetings all day long and mostly about Sarbanes-Oxley. The rest of my time I am working on a Sarbanes-Oxley program. Things with my girlfriend have been going great, but my best friend has just broken up with his girlfriend so I have been with him for the last week. To finish it all off my mother ...
The past several days I have been out at MSFT in Redmond for a series of INETA meetings and other activities. The main meeting Saturday was a gathering of the INETA Working Group which consists of the Board of Directors, Committee Chairs, our Executive Director, and representatives from MSFT, about a dozen people total. We spent the entire day reviewing current activities, planning upcoming tasks, and brainstorming about many aspects of INETA going forward. All in all it was time well spent. There ...
I know it's a very bad time to pause blogging. I really mean to use the term “pause” not just as in media players ;-) but also as I don't intend to “stop” writing. I still have no idea if my blog entries have any kind of audience out there, but, I keep writing at least for myself. I know I can be helpful to some extend, but, I don't have any certain topic in mind to write about. (Any suggestions?) I also was a bit far from the communities I used to be in; even the Arabic ones ...
The bold and italic part below is the disclaimer. Were you at the San Diego .NET User Group meeting a couple of nights ago? Paul Sherrif (who did an awesome Whidbey presentation) and I gave away TWO, yes *TWO* XBoxes. There was thousands of dollars worth of books and software given away (as usual), and free pizza (as usual), and superb world-class technical content (as usual), but this is the first time we've given away XBoxes. It may not be the last (I didn't win and wouldn't mind another chance ...
Man. I had to take the minutes of a technical meeting yesterday and all I know is that if I had to sit in meetings all day long, I'd buy a Tablet PC tout frickin' suite. Actually the only thing that's stopping me right now is the money (actually the lack thereof). But jeez! It took me almost twice as long to transcribe my hand written notes into electronic form afterwards.than the meeting lasted. Just the fact that you can take notes electronically (and unobtrusively) on the fly is worth it. Why, ...
I went to the Kansas City .NET User Group meeting last night. The presenter was Richard Hale on Design Patterns. The content itself was good, but the presentation was not. His tangents were so over the top that any point he was trying to make was lost. He was flat out rude to some member of the audience and some of his references were very inappropriate and unprofessional for such a meeting. To make matters worse, I finally convinced my boss to go to one of these meetings with me. This was his first ...
Techdirt:Companies Find IM Saves Them Money While companies that promote IM monitoring software have been going around trying to convince companies that using IM at work is bad, it appears that most companies know better... or simply don't know enough to care. It's now estimated that 85% of businesses use instant messaging in some manner, though, that seems quite high. Does that apply to things like Mom & Pop retail shops? However, more interesting is the fact that some are actually trying to ...
All is quiet here in the offices this week. There are some folks here, but not the full raucous bunch that is normally present. Everyone who is around has high hopes for getting lots of work done. The problem - Motivation! There is more hallway chatting than normal, there is more wandering to see who is around, there is more time for lunch. I suspect that even with this distinct lack of motivation all of the gang that is int he office will still get a lot more done than normal, we don;t have our ...
This past week I had the unique opportunity of joining Jonathan Zuck, President of Americans for Competitive Technology, Jim Prendergast, Executive Director of Americans for Technology Leadership, and fellow developer Patrick Hynds for a day of meetings with members of the Massachusetts legislature. I was there as a local small business person and representing the developer community through INETA. Our goal was to make the legislators aware we are available as a resource on technology issues not ...
Something I have been thinking about quite a bit lately is the future of work. The way we work in general and the way I want to work more specifically. For most people working as developers, project managers or even at a help desk, all you really need is a computer and a decent sized pipe connected to the rest of the world. I can do just as much work (if not more) from my desk at home as I can at my desk at work. Heck, I even listen to webcasts from the couch sometimes while keeping half an eye on ...
Two user groups in the Kansas City area will be holding their monthly meetings this Thursday (11/11/04). The locations are close enough you can attend both of them if you like (I'm usually just a little late for the start of the VFP meeting). Drop me a note or give me a call if you want to get together before or after the meetings. You can find more information about the SQL meeting here, and the Visual Foxpro meeting here ...
Here in St. Louis, we had the first Code Brew (as we call it)! We have been meeting at user group meetings for the last four years. It is nice to always go to a user group and meet others, network, and see some great presentations. But a few of us wanted a bit more interaction - so born was the idea of a Code Brew. We held the first one in my dining room. Here is the idea of what a Code Brew is and how it can work for you too: A Code Brew consists of a small group of peers (4-10 to be effective) ...
I'm a big fan of Halo, and being Canadian, I should point you to the explanation of the differences in Halo 2: Canadian Edition (thanks Bruce). Seriously though, I'm really anticipating the release of Halo 2. I'm not sure why--I don't even own an XBox. I'm not going to buy one for a single game, although I think Microsoft is hoping a lot of people will. I better get to some user group meetings in the hopes of wining one. BTW, if you live in the Toronto area, don't go to the Toronto Visual Basic User ...
I run a successful .NET user group and also work with the International .NET Association as Chair of the Marketing Committee. As such, I tend to get quite a few inquiries about what is involved in starting and running a user group. It's a lot more work than you might think. It was certainly more than I thought it would be. Going in with your eyes open will go a long way towards ensuring your success. To that end, I have outlined my experiences here. I hope that you will find them valuable. Here is ...
INETA has launched what is being referred to as the Great Attendance Count which I have been coordinating. We are collecting the number of people that attend user group meetings during October 2004 for INETA user groups as well as their total number of members. If you are a user group leader for an INETA user group you should have received an email with details yesterday. If not, visit http://www.ineta.org/survey... and enter your information. BTW, all user groups that ...
For several weeks now I have been trying to raise the interest level for .NET in the Knoxville area with the local .NET user's group and I can't even get a response from them. The primary contact no longer has the ability to retrieve his email from his previous employer but hasn't updated the contact information on the site. I have been watching the meetings page for months and nothing has changed. What does Microsoft do about groups that are no longer active? If I continue to get no response and ...
Last night was the latest meeting of the Groupe d'usagers Visual Studio Montréal (Montreal Visual Studio Users Group), the meetings keep getting larger and larger which is awesome. For any developers in the Montreal area I would highly recommend attending. The first speaker last night was Mario Cardinal. Mario went over Microsoft Application Blocks and the upcoming Enterprise Library, scheduled for release in early 2005. I really like the idea of these blocks, automating common tasks in bits ...
S no. Verification Validation 1. Verification is a static testing procedure. Validation is dynamic testing procedure. 2. It involves verifying the requirements, detailed design documents, test plans, walkthroughs and inspections of various documents produced during the development and testing process. Validation involves actual testing of the product as per the test plan (unit test, integration test, system test and acceptance test etc). 3. It is a preventive procedure. It is a corrective procedure. ...
Hey ... if you are in St. Louis, we have Jeff Julian and John Alexander tonight! September Meeting - Test-Driven Development and Unit Testing in Microsoft .NETMonday, September 26, 20045:30 - 6:30 pm Welcome6:30 - 8:30 pm ProgramJeff Julian, John Alexander One City Place DriveCreve Coeur, MO 63141[MAP] Unit Testing is a crucial piece of the development process. The problem is, most of us don't put the time in to properly construct this portion of the process. By skipping this portion, we cause issues ...
We usually start our meetings at 6:30, which means people get there anywhere from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, there is so much networking you can do, personally I prefer to do my Networking after the meeting while enjoying one, two or seventy five adult beverages. If you run a usergoup or are involved with one you know what I am talking about. Couple of years ago we had this idea for nonprofit ways, initially the plan was that we find a non profit organization that needs a project done which they can not ...
A recent development out of the depths of months of INETAA Student Committee Meetings has been the introduction of the Academic Starter Kit. This Groups Product Manager is Paul Hacker. The following content is what we are going to try and implement into it. I realize that this is really scarce, but if anyone has questions on the meaning...or if anyone would like to add to the content or help in it's creation let me know!! We can use all the help we can get! Audience Student Developers Little or No ...
From the FAQ compiled by Rob Davis (http://www.robdavispe.com/... Q: What makes a good test engineer? A: A good test engineer Has a "test to break" attitude, Takes the point of view of the customer, Has a strong desire for quality, Has an attention to detail, He's also Tactful and diplomatic and Has good a communication skill, both oral and written. Has previous software development experience, too. Good test engineers have a "test to break" attitude, they take the point of view of the customer, ...
"Triage" is a medical term. It refers to dividing wounded or sick people into three categories: those who will die no matter what you do, those who will recover even if unaided, and those who will recover only if aided. In a situation where there's too much to do, you must concentrate on the third group. Bug Triage Meetings (sometimes called Bug Councils) are project meetings in which open bugs are divided into categories. The most important distinction is between bugs that will not be fixed in ...
As I was chatting with William this morning, he reminded me of how thing that I had to blog about. I had to blog that I have introduced OneNote to my boss who is not normally very receptive from the new and shining things from Microsoft or anybody else in this case. I gave him a 5 minute run down and the next thing he said was “Give me the installation CD and associate license”. Than I showed me few more features that were there in SP1 Preview and he was like “wow”, “this ...
I have made it to Amsterdam. The flight was long but not as long as the one I have to look forward to later in the week. It is a perfect day here - sunny and warm with a nice breeze. I (of course) am in between meetings in the conference center. The city may change but the schedule stays the same and the battle with the network is always raging on. One nice thing is the public transportation system - the tram - is available to take back and forth from my hotel to the center. I have gotten to see ...
Testing Your Web Application A Quick 10-Step Guide by Krishen Kota Interested in a quick checklist for testing a web application? The following 10 steps cover the most critical items that I have found important in making sure a web application is ready to be deployed. Depending on size, complexity, and corporate policies, modify the following steps to meet your specific testing needs. Step 1 - Objectives Make sure to establish your testing objectives up front and make sure they are measurable. It ...
I had my first day of work today. To be quite honest I did absolutely nothing. The day started with orientation until about 1pm. I then proceded onto the building I will be working in (building 40 - big, new and cool) and met my manager and mentor. However, both my manager and mentor had meetings all day so I setup my computer and got onto the domain and all the jazz and then headed home. Hopefully tomorrow I will learn what it is I will be doing. I am a Program Manager on the Transports and Connectivity ...
I have been dealing with pen based computers for nearly 10 years now. TabletPC is pen based computing done right, closer then it has before anyway. Some don't get the advantages of pen based computing. The biggest argument that is heard is that I can type faster then I can write. Well no kidding. Anyone that spends 15 hours a day in front of a keyboard should be able to type fast. Ink and speech are called "alternate" input, not the only input. Ink is just another way to interact with your computer. ...
My fellow INETA Academic Committee member Andrew Flick put his thoughts in writing about the Imagine Cup regional competitions held on March 17th at 4 locations in the USA. The 8 winners from the regionals compete at Tech-Ed for the USA Finals, with 1 winner representing the Stars and Stripes at the World Finals in Brazil in July. Andrew has some gripes (mostly gripes) about the way the regional competitions were run. I tend to agree with him on most of his points. Here are my thoughts about the ...