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  • Agile or Waterfall?

    Waterfall project management is a serial approach to the phases of a project. Proponents of waterfall methodologies hold it’s best to plan: gather requirements, design the solution, develop it, test it, deploy and maintain it in discrete steps. Critics maintain it is impossible to know all of the requirements prior to design or development. ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on October 20, 2016
  • “Can You See Me Think?”

    Introduction This post is the fifty-seventh part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series can be found on the series landing page. A Story… Once upon a time I was a manufacturing systems integrator. That’s a fancy description of a person who designs and builds machine control systems. I was asked to ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on October 26, 2013
  • Quality vs. On Time - Software Done Well, Part 2

    The Setup  You're hired to deliver an add-on to an existing CRM system that was developed in-house. About half-way through the project, you realize you have to make a decision: you can deliver something on-time or you can deliver something that will delight the customer. Which do you choose? Scenario 1: Six months after your project's ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on October 29, 2009
  • IT Coaching - Software Done Well, Part 1

    Introduction Last week, someone sent me a nice email thanking me for helping them learn SSIS. There's no greater compliment - I am here to help. He referred to me as his ''SSIS Coach'' and that got me thinking...  Coaching I was never a big sports person in school. I played a little basketball in junior high, that was about it. I ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on October 26, 2009
  • Adventures in Estimation

    A Completely Hypothetical Scenario... Someone asks me ''Andy, how quickly can you get from your home in Farmville, VA to LA.'' I run through all the possible ways to get to LA, starting with ways I consider quick. I could drive 90 minutes to Richmond, catch a flight that would connect through Atlanta (you cannot get anywhere from Richmond without ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on September 11, 2009
  • Question Process

    Steve Rowe has an excellent post on why we should revisit process and procedure from time to time. :{> Andy
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on November 12, 2007
  • Bad IT Project Management

    My sister-in-law recently passed the PMP certification (congratulations Heather!). I'm waiting for a call from her asking if we need to add resources. The resources comment above is a joke, but it isn't really that funny. It's indicative of my decades of experience with bad IT project managers. I believe and hope I have worked with some of ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 9, 2007
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