Sunday, February 03, 2002
My interests are not in specific development tools as much as in the almost limitless potential of XML. One personal project that Linda and I have been discussing is developing IT service and applications delivery DTDs. We initiated a disucssion of DTDs that has stalled. Although there appears to be little interest in discussing this topic, I'm convinced that such DTDs have possibilities. Consider the value of DTDs for the following:
- Issue management (problems, enhancements, change control)
- System configuration management
- Software configuration management
- Test summary reports (product acceptance/functional qualification, regression)
- Release management
- Integration of production and project issues
- Operations logs
- Status Reports (project progress, problem management, change management, weekly operations)
Althought not directly related to XML, I frequently refer to Developing Quality Systems: A Methodology Using Structured Techniques as a sourcebook of ideas for the data structures that would feed the applications and service delivery DTDs. This out-of-print book is worth tracking down because, in addition to providing metrics and dataflow diagrams for a quality and project management system, it provides a data dictionary. Another book that is related to XML to which I frequently refer is Metadata Solutions: Using Metamodels, Repositories, XML, and Enterprise Portals to Generate Information on Demand.
Final note for the day: If you're interested in CMMI then the February issue of CrossTalk is essential reading. The entire issue is dedicated to capability maturity model integration and the articles are outstanding.
I'm off to enjoy what's left of the Tustin, California sunshine. (Linda, by the way, is in Hawaii on vacation all week.)
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