Saturday, January 26, 2002
One of the best online guides I've found is the ITC Project Model, which is an ongoing work-in-progress at the University of Virginia. This model has associated guides, templates and other resources. I'll go so far as to assert that this model is a PM methodology-in-a-box.
Carnegie Mellon University, home of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) has an information exchange called The Software Engineering Information Repository (SEIR). This is a free resource that is a part of the more extensive group of SEI resources and initiatives (including CERT® Coordination Center (CERT/CC) security resources and the SEI newsletter, news@sei interactive.)
The Software Engineering Information Repository provides a forum for the contribution and exchange of information concerning software engineering improvement activities. You must register in order to gain access to the wealth of information in the repository or participate in discussions; however, registration if free. The forum is called the SEIbank and is the heart of the information exchange goals of this site.
Since it's a beautiful Saturday in Southern California I am going to enjoy the rest of the day outside.
Friday, January 25, 2002
- Improving Business Performance Through the Use of Statistical Thinking, which is a PowerPoint presentation that introduces statistical thinking as an organizational discipline
- Total Quality Management in Projects - this article bridges organizational excellence and my next topic
Two additional resources that I like that fit the theme of this entry are The Shangrila of ROI, which is slanted towards SQA, but is applicable to other activities, and a quick article about business case analysis.
Thursday, January 24, 2002
- Overview of configuration, change and release management that provides a one-page brief on each of the topics and their associated business and technical value.
- Life cycle quality gates, which shows what you should be measuring at each stage of a system's life cycle.
- Project deliverable, estimating and fixed-price contracting documents. These are presentations I gave when Linda and I worked for the now-defunct Inteliant Corporation, and some tools that I developed years ago for project estimating and resource costing. The tools have evolved over the years, undergoing frequent refinement over time. Their genesis was back when I was in the DoD contracting world.
If you're interested in customer relationship management (CRM) I recommend a whitepaper titled, Developing Relationship Marketing Through the Implementation of Customer Relationship Management Technology because it addresses technical and business aspects of CRM.
Reality Test is a company that provides the people, equipment, and processes to test your systems and applications in real-life conditions. It's a great service and their site has knowledge resources that anyone involved in QA, release management or applications acceptance will find valuable. Among the resources are papers on The Business Case for Stress and Load Testing, 14 Situations where Stress and Load Testing will help your company, Cost-Based Disaster Recovery System Sizing and Disaster Recovery Plan Audits and Testing. Unlike many sites these papers are not self-serving marketing pap - they're useful and thought-provoking.
Wednesday, January 23, 2002
- Erlang for Excel, which is a Microsoft Excel add-in that comes in Excel 97 and Excel 95 versions.
- The Switch, which is a skill based routing simulator. It emulates a modern ACD telephone switch with skill based routing allowing you to test various permutations in the way that your switch and agents are setup. TheSwitch will show just what performance you can expect.
- Call Center Calculator that is a Windows based planning and forecasting tool. Enter the basic parameters of service level required, numbers and durations of calls and Call Center Calculator will show you how many agents are required and just what performance you can expect.
I also mined a few PowerPoint presentations that I think are valuable: risk management processes from NASA's IFMP Core Financial Project steering committee outlines a complete and mature process that I recommend for any project, large or small. I also like the risk management approach outlined in the PRIMA Project presentation (this project is sponsored by the EC and is supported at the national level by a number of European countries). I also like the following project risk and opportunity management presentation because of the techniques presented and range of issues addressed.
Monday, January 21, 2002
Postcards from the Revolution will give us a forum where we can vent and make scathing comments (and offer advice and proposed solutions and/or opinions), while this weblog can remain focused on sharing news, tools and information that we find during our daily travels on the web.
Sunday, January 20, 2002
My travels last night took me to a number of interesting weblogs, all of which impressed me because of the excellent writing and wealth of technical information each contained. My first stop was Shane McChesney's Skipping dot net log. This weblog is set up as a discussion page and three major topic sections:
- Book Reviews
- Linkfests, which contain comprehensive collections of links and information on:
- Tools (Linux, MySQL PostgreSQL and Python)
Although the site that supports William Oellermann's outstanding book, Architecting Web Services, is not a weblog it is an important resource to web architects who are seeking information about web services architecture. Since Linda and I have each written a review of the book on Amazon I won't rehash it here. What makes Mr. Oellermann's site so valuable is the way it seamlessly augments the book by providing up-to-date source code, a web services test environment so you can actually test services that you've written, and PowerPoint presentations that cover a few of the book's topics.
Mark Pilgrim's weblog is a gem. If you're a Python developer Mark's site is a springboard to his online book titled Dive Into Python. If you're someone who admires a person for baring their soul while imparting wisdom and inspiration, then you'll get spiritually recharged while reading some of Mark's entries. His A lot of effort went into making this effortless essay stands out as one of the most touching and inspirational pieces of writing I've read in my life.
Joel Spolsky's weblog is another treasure trove of information and ideas. I bookmarked his The Joel Test: 12 Steps to Better Code entry and found one nugget of information gold after another in his archives. If you're interested in copyright and intellectual property issues (among other topics) you'll like Zimran Ahmed's weblog. I especially enjoyed his succinct and articulate writing style and wide range of topics covered.
Linda and I have stopped posting about Doug Kaye's book here because the most appropriate place to discuss the book is in the book discussion forum that Doug has going. Any posts here will only diffuse the discussion, and ideas will get lost in the confusion of parallel discussions of the same topic.
Finally, Linda encouraged me to post more here about the work she and I have developed jointly and independently on service level management and integrating applications and service delivery. I think the best place to post that information is in our IT Operations Management Forum, which is hosted on Delphi. This will allow for interaction if anyone is interested in those topics, and will leave this weblog less cluttered. On that note I'm off to enjoy the day and get some sun.
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