Using Focus Words in Your Requirements

Let’s look at the focus words we commonly use in our requirements documents. Requirements use many words to signal their focus and intent, such as ‘will’, ‘must’, ‘may’, ‘can’, ‘shall’, or ‘should’. There are some legal ramifications to certain focus words if they appear in a written contract. These concerns may govern what words can […]
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Building the Course Load

  A key part of our course is the practical work that attendees will carry out in the form of Hands on exercises that reinforce the theory. Building a course load is therefore an important part of the course development process. In many ways we face the same decisions that production SharePoint administrators face when […]
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What is Windows Azure?

Windows Azure is Microsoft’s offering in the rapidly emerging “Cloud Computing” market.  Essentially it is a collection of services running in Microsoft data centers that can be used by developers to deploy applications.  This frees the developer from having to worry about things like managing networks, purchasing hardware and provisioning servers.  An often confusing issue […]
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Manage Your Projects Like a Jedi!

As a project manager, I am always looking for an approach to managing my projects that makes excellent sense AND  makes me smile. In future, when managing projects large and small, I intend to act like a Jedi knight and pretend my projects are part of a Star Wars movie. Perhaps I will even get my own light saber! Check out Uncle […]
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Trade-Off Decision Making Across the Project Life Cycle

Projects being what they are, the trade-off decisions across the project life cycle seem to vary considerably. This is especially true with the parameters of the triple constraint – scope, schedule and cost. It does seem as though IT projects are particularly prone to scope reduction before things are complete! I think this is due […]
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