Getting Rid of Requirements

“Requirements engineering” was supposed to ensure that development teams delivered applications that users wanted. That didn’t happen (as the process of requirements engineering itself demonstrated). The answer to giving users what they want turns out to be getting rid of requirements altogether. Requirements exist because everyone recognizes that users aren’t developers. On that understanding, requirements […]
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Taking a Live Online Class: Keys to Success

Online vs. Live Classes Taking a live online class is just like taking a live class, except when it isn’t. Live online classes are usually referred to in the training industry as “virtual instructor-led training” or VILT. Likewise, classroom style training is called “live instructor-led training” or LILT. That ‘V’ can make a big difference. […]
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How to Choose a Cybersecurity Certification

Various organizations offer a bewildering array of cyber security certifications. What should you pursue? I’ll start with the U.S. Department of Defense requirements. They apply to a lot of people, and NICE is bringing similar requirements to the rest of government. You don’t work for the U.S. military or government? Bear with me, because I […]
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How do you manage a project that follows the sun and never sleeps?

This is the question I asked myself when I was assigned to manage an 18 month project with Client and Supplier stakeholders in Asia, Australia, North and South America and with a project team based in Europe.  My first thought was can I survive with less sleep for 18 months?  A quick memory check recalled […]
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The SQL Server Interview Questions that Matter

If you’re worried about interviewing for a SQL Server job, here’s some advice from the former head of an IT department on what matters (along with examples from the three critical areas where you need to have answers ready). As an instructor for Learning Tree’s Querying SQL Server 2014 and 2016 courses, I’ve worked with […]
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