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Don’t Get Screwed by Dependencies

by Bill Bliss on March 25, 2011

in Alleged Wisdom

Sinking Ship

Dependencies are not bad. Far from it: that’s how you get the leverage you need to succeed and scale in business. But consider what happens if things don’t go as planned: if who or what you’re depending on isn’t as negatively impacted as you would be, watch out.

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Vista Uncertainty - Square

Only you can decide whether your company must publicly disclose your product roadmap. But never disclose anything before you know what it really is, whether it works, whether customers even need it, or when you can deliver it.


The Perfect Requirements Myth

March 18, 2011

Many teams have a lot of angst about product requirements documents. Like the code your developers write, it will never be perfect. What can you do to reduce the angst?

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Estimating Business Impact…Simply

March 13, 2011
Finish Line

There’s a simple but powerful approach for estimating business impact: require the person asking for the project to estimate how many people will notice if the project is successful.

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Why Are We Doing This Project, Anyway?

March 13, 2011
Man running towards target

By ensuring that every software project is mapped to a specific business objective, you can have complete transparency on the “why” behind every software project.  You’ll also know how much you are investing – or not – in “innovation.”

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The Un-Innovation Trap

March 13, 2011

Prioritizing projects by expected return on investment sounds like a good idea. But if that’s all you do, you will eventually end up in a place you probably don’t want to be.

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Moving Bubbles Towards the Green

March 4, 2011
Moving to the Green

Inevitably, once you’ve classified projects according to business impact, cost, and execution risk, you’ll have projects that are too costly and/or risky. What do you then? Hint: your teams already know how to do it.

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"Lack of Resources" Is Almost Always "We Can’t Prioritize" In Disguise

March 2, 2011

How many times have you heard people complain about lack of resources?  It’s true: there are never enough resources to do all the projects your company or your customers have asked for.
But more resources alone won’t necessarily make the real problem go away.

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Plugins Not Working in WordPress 3.1? Maybe This Will Help.

March 1, 2011
Memory chip. Be sure to use tweezers when adjusting PHP memory settings.

If you’ve recently upgraded to WordPress 3.1 and plugins that were working before (and appear to be working for the rest of the WordPress community) suddenly stopped working, you add/activate a new plugin and it won’t work, or if you’re seeing other intermittent HTTP 500 errors or other malfunctions…check how much memory you have allocated to PHP and WordPress.

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Roadmap Planning: The Brady Bunch Movie of Software

February 26, 2011
The Brady Bunch Movie

We’ve come a long way in how software developers write code, how QA verifies that it works correctly, and how software projects are managed. And once that’s done, it’s faster and cheaper than ever before to make software available to users. Yet there’s one aspect of creating software that hasn’t really changed.

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