Author Anthony Chen

Four Ways To Get The Most Out Of Borland CaliberRM

We have been using Borland’s CaliberRM for awhile now. Overall I really like the tool, but as I mentioned in another blog post there are definitely some issues. We tend to not let the user population and management have direct access which means that we have to be able to …

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5 Big CaliberRM Gotchas And How To Fix Them Part 2

In my last post, I covered three different CaliberRM issues that we’ve found with CaliberRM. In this one, I’ll be covering five more. Individual Object Delete If you paste into CaliberRM and it doesn’t look right, it will be extremely difficult to delete it because you can’t highlight and select …

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Who Does Your Consultant Work For?

There is an interesting article by Robert Cringely at pbs.org about IT consultants. I disagree with the categorization of types of consultants however the article is interesting because he mentions the following case: “What led me to write this column were the troubles of a local company here in Charleston …

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Making large projects more agile

We are on a large project for a client (>100 developers) and one of the issues that keeps coming up is how can we reduce the cycle time. At one point in the project we were using a waterfall model, all the requirements had to be done and approved before …

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Self directed teams

The concept of self directed teams has been around for several decades in the modern corporate world. And much longer if you consider all of human society. Often times in today’s command and control world we forget that those who are doing the work are the best to determine how …

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RE 07 Reports this week

Joy Beatty is attending RE 07 in New Dehli. This year Joy is not only an attendee but is presenting two papers and speaking on a panel. You can find out more here. As always, look for Joy’s summary of the conference every day this week.

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An issue of understanding (users)

We deploy Sharepoint as one of the ways to collaborate on software projects. The basic organization of Sharepoint is a hierarchy of sites. Within those sites are lists and document libraries. The lists take the form of announcements, calendar entries and tasks. One of the key functions that is missing …

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Using questionnaires to gather requirements

When working with a large user population (hundreds or thousands) you will typically want to sample the population to do in depth interviews. But how do you know that the information that you gather is representative of the population as a whole? One way to get this information is to …

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Categorizing requirements

I mentioned in a prior blog post that at the RE 06 conference I attended a session where the academic leaders in requirements assembled to try to hammer out a consistent nomenclature for requirements. I say try because even this group of esteemed experts made no progress on this effort. …

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