Author Geraldine Mongold

Nobody’s Perfect

I have claustrophobia. I don’t like being in windowless rooms, crowded elevators, or cubicles. My worst recurring nightmare is being trapped in a never ending shopping mall. It’s not a big problem, but I do notice that if I’m in a windowless conference room for an hour, I start to …

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Traffic Jam

I seem to spend a lot of time in traffic these days, thanks to Austin’s ridiculously fast growth. Which means I keep on finding driving analogies to write about…. I was in a project meeting the other day, the second one in two weeks where key people were not able …

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Traditions

This year for our annual Thanksgiving festivities, we did something very unusual for us. We didn’t eat at home. A friend of ours invited us to her apartment for dinner, so we cooked up a couple of side dishes and a pie, put the dogs in their kennels, and drove across …

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Agile Requirements

Lately I’ve been working with a customer who is making the transition from waterfall to Agile project delivery. Among the many challenges the organization is working to overcome, their project documentation templates and practices were very much oriented to a waterfall world. Each project would require a requirements document that …

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Everybody Loves Zombies!

My film-student daughter is currently working on her fourth movie gig – an indie zombie movie being shot here in Austin. While I admit to really not getting the whole zombie thing, I’m excited that she’s getting so many opportunities to do the work she loves. This time around she …

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Odd Couples

Some software requirements models just seem to be made for each other, like peanut butter and jelly. Every model has its own merits, but sometimes using them in combination during elicitation and review can break through a project logjam and open pathways for discussion and discovery. On a recent project, …

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The Importance of Being – Ignorant?

I was sitting in a software requirements review meeting with a couple of project stakeholders last week, and one of them said something along the lines of “You’ve done a really great job with this.” My first reaction was to think “Are you kidding? There are tons of stuff we still …

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Why Create a Center of Excellence?

Many years ago (I won’t say just how many), I had a job as a programmer with a big consulting firm. On my first assignment, I was handed a very neatly formatted, impressive looking specification for a sales forecasting program. I sat down at my desk in front of my …

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