Why Should Business Care About Software Quality?

June 26th, 2009 Comments off
Best Quality

Building software is like building a house in many ways.  When building a house, we have to have a good foundation, strong pillars, proper plumbing and wiring, and so on and so forth.  When building software, we need to have a good design, clear and concise code, proper wiring of components, etc.

There is one subtle difference between building software and building a house though.  Usually when we build a house, we rarely make large renovations such as adding a story, moving around walls and windows, putting in a new electrical system, or modifying the foundation. Software, on the other hand, needs to be modified and updated quite often due to changes in business caused by Read more…

Reasons For IT Project Failures

June 22nd, 2009 Comments off

According to the 2009 CHAOS report published by the market research firm, the Standish Group, IT Project failure rate increased in the last 2 years of recession.  No surprise.

According to the report the rate of successful projects that were delivered on-time, within budget, and with the required features, dropped from 35% in 2006 to 32% in the last two years.  Also the rate of failed projects increased from 19% in 2006 to 24% recently, which included projects that were deemed complete failure and either never delivered, or delivered but never used.  The rest of the projects were considered challenged, those that were delivered late, with incomplete features, or went significantly over-budget. Read more…

How And When To Use Different Management Styles To Get The Most Out of Your Team

June 18th, 2009 Comments off
Men Without Faces

Management style is the general way a manager uses to manage his teams.  Some managers use a particular management style because that’s the only style that they are aware of.  More mature managers know different styles and can quickly adapt to any style to their advantage depending upon the situation, the capabilities of their teams, and the nature of tasks that need to be performed.

In this article I will go over the 4 general management styles, and explain how IT managers can best use each to their advantage. Read more…

Top 5 Traits of a Great Manager

May 19th, 2009 Comments off
Blue Steps With Gold Ball

A great manager is one who is well-respected and is liked by his team members, peers, customers, and higher-ups alike.  He is skilled, competent, and delivers results. 

What traits set apart a great manager from the crowd?  In this article I will discuss 5 traits of a great manager with the right attitude to succeed.  Read more…