Friday, March 01, 2002
Process and Structure. I've obviously been researching Oracle and found some interesting sites and documents that I want to share:
- Thomas B. Cox has created a DBA Maturity Model that adds both structure and process to database administration. Mr. Cox's DBA Checklist was included in Oracle DBA Checklists Pocket Reference, which I reviewed on Amazon on 30 June 2001. His home page has other articles and documents that will interest any DBA.
- The Data Warehouse Quality Project is a source of process-related information for data warehouse designers, developers, administrators and support personnel. The project's stated objective is to develop techniques and tools to support the rigorous design and operation of data warehouses. The publications that are available from this site cover all facets of data warehousing, including architecture, quality, source integration, aggregation and other related topics.
QA professionals who are reading this will want the collection of slides (in PDF format) from a presentation titled Risk-Based Object Oriented Testing. The 20 slides in this document cover risk management in general, and testing OO systems using a risk-based approach in particular.
Mike and I have both reviewed risk management books on Amazon that you should consider if risk management is a topic that interests you:
- Project and Program Risk Management, which I reviewed on 22 March 2001.
- Project Risk Management: Processes, Techniques and Insights, Mike reviewed this book on 12 September 2001.
- Managing Risk: Methods for Software Systems Development, which Mike reviewed on 29 June 2001.
- Risk Management Processes for Software Engineering Models, see Mike's 13 September 2001 review.
Measurement-Based Guidance of Software Projects shares sophisticated software project management techniques that are centered on project planning. With the high failure rate of IT projects, we as a profession need to start embracing techniques that have been proven in other industries. This paper has information that will take us a step closer to that goal. Another article on advanced project management techniques is Statistical Process Control of Project Performance from the March 2002 issue of CrossTalk Magazine. If you're not reading CrossTalk and you're in the applications delivery domain, you should start reading it - you may be competing with someone who does read it for a job or contract, and guess who will probably win out.
TGIF!. The day is quickly melting away, so I'm going to do the same and wish you a wonderful weekend from Azusa, California.
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