Posts Tagged ‘software methodology’

Free Software Package Selection Process

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

We have made available on our site a comprehensive online process for selecting software. It includes:

  • 160 Activities fully described and shown as a process flow within phases
  • 120 Templates for every possible document
  • 30 User Guides to help you with everything from risk management to negotiation to creating an RFP (Request for Proposal).  Also includes draft vendor letters and a business case.
  • Links to other sources of information.

Most of the online methodology is applicable to any project.  All this is free on our website.

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SP2 – Software Package Selection Process

Try it out now by clicking on the image above.

White Paper on Discipline in Projects

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

A constant complaint from those involved in projects is that there is too much bureaucracy. A process has been set up and it must be followed regardless of the size or complexity of the project. One size fits all. This white paper covers some of the things to consider when deciding how much rigor to apply to a project. Read More

White Paper on Contract Bidding and Technology Evaluation

Monday, February 8th, 2010

This white paper focuses on the management perspective of different project proposal evaluation methodologies in the procurement processes. Our goal is to introduce in details as to how proposal evaluations take place in procurement management processes using both literatures and industrial experience. We list out building blocks of the process, types of models and methodologies, evaluate and unified different processes and models. We also highlight insights on what you can do to win the contracts. The references are mostly from Information Technology industry and academia literature.

The in depth technical, environmental evaluation attributes will only be highlighted in this paper. The details would not be addressed in this paper.

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Presentation on Selecting Software Packages

Friday, October 16th, 2009

For those people located in Sydney Australia, we will be presenting at the Australian Computer Society (ACS) Project Management Special Interest Group on Wednesday 21 October on the topic “Selecting a Software Package”. The time is 6:15 pm at Suter Room, C2, 220 Pitt Street Sydney NSW 2000 – Wesley Conference Centre. As part of the presentation we will be demonstrating our online Software Package Selection Process tool.
You need to register. CLICK HERE Entry is free for ACS members and $15 for non-members.

If you are involved in projects that lead to a software package selection, this is a great opportunity to improve your skills, impress your boss, and get a raise!!

Need for the Right person to drive Agile Adoption

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

The following comment comes from one of our regular contributors, Venkatesh Krishnamurthy.

It is very important to identify the right person to drive Agile adoption in an organization, rather than randomly choosing some senior person to drive it.

The reason being, Agile is all about

  • People
  • Being Flexible
  • Being Patient
  • Open to new ideas
  • Learning

Recently in one of the stories I heard, the CEO of a company who had been hearing a lot about Agile, decided to adopt Agile in his organization.   He decided to form an Agile Research Group to drive Agile adoption in the organization.  He choose one of the most senior Vice Presidents (VP) to drive this initiative.  He in turn choose some senior and mid-level managers to start gathering info.

Just like any company, the Agile core team started meeting weekly.  They started an Agile discussion forum and started gathering as much information as possible.

After a month of starting this Agile group, the core team submitted their findings to this Vice president.  After few days the VP called the core team for a meeting and the team couldn’t  believe what they heard from the VP.

Cutting a long story short, the VP didn’t believe that there existed concepts like Iteration, Daily Stand up meetings, self organizing team, Iterative and Incremental development approaches.  He didn’t believe the reports submitted by the core team.  In this situation, the VP himself became hindrance to the Agile adoption.

This may not be the case in all the organizations, and it could be a “one off”, however it is very important to choose the right person for any new initiative – especially when it comes to Agile adoption.

In another case study, the CEO of the company appointed a senior person from the Quality group to drive Agile adoption.  This Quality group head was coming from a strong CMM and Waterfall background.  The team assigned to try Agile on a sample project used to read books, attend trainings and try the practices on their projects.
Many a times this Agile group failed in implementing the practices, but each time they failed the senior person driving Agile, used to tell them “I told you Agile won’t work’ or used similar kinds of statements.
Such statements discourage the team.  One has to remember that, It is normal that the team might fail while implementing new practices, and in such situations “Patience” is the key.

I believe that the following attributes should be expected from a person driving Agile

1. Good understanding and knowledge of Agile
2. Be open to new ideas
3. If the team fails somewhere, analyze the situation and encourage them rather than pushing them down
4. Trust the people around him/her
5. Patience
6. Persistence

Remember that  the wrong person in the right place could not only become a bottleneck for Agile adoption but also could lead to failure of the implementation of Agile.