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That's not a Business Case, Part 2

Next Time

For those who have worked with the Results Chain™ technique found in Macroscope, the most powerful justification for an investment is how it will contribute toward important business outcomes. Here’s how I’d want to use it to approach this question next time. This is a first draft of a model I could use to stimulate deeper understanding and facilitate decisions.

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Tuesday, 03 March 2015
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A Tool is Just a Tool, Part One

Need Tool and CapabilityA Tool is Just a Tool

 

Look what We Bought

“We just bought the Mark X Ultimate Extreme Project Management Tool so we don’t need Macroscope for project management,” said the freshly-appointed PMO manager.

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A Tool is Just a Tool, Part Two

So How would Macroscope Help?

With a different tone in his voice, the PMO Manager went on, “Even so, I’m afraid I don’t see how all the Macroscope templates would solve those issues.”

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What does Macroscope Contradict?

Contradiction

“What you’re telling me from Macroscope isn’t identical to what My-Favorite-Guru tweeted yesterday, so you’re wrong!”

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Macroscope for Mobile Applications - Part One

Mobility Graphic

We had a question from a client recently – had we done anything to Macroscope related to mobile application development.

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Macroscope for Mobile Applications - Part Two

Well okay, how about the special aspects of mobile apps?

  • Non-functional requirements. I need to be particularly sure about my client’s needs for response time, peak loads, availability, and the user interface. If I look at the User and Developer Principles deliverables (P240S and P261S) – I’ll see all the non-functional questions I need to consider. And if follow the “Applicable Techniques” link – I’ll find a very nice little mini-text on how to design a user interface. And it’s all both specific and generalized enough that it works for mobile apps. Check.
  • Security. Mobile apps are particularly exposed to information disclosure and malware. If I review the Security discipline drop-down in the Solution, plus the specialized System Security deliverable (P310S), again I’ll see many things we need to consider. I will need specialized knowledge from my technology architect and my security specialist to come up with the right decisions, but I think the triggers are all there. Check.
  • Technology. There are many choices and several layers to consider. So I’ll need to look carefully at the Technology Infrastructure (P370S) and the Software Architecture (P219S). Again I will need specialized knowledge from my architect of course, but I think all the questions we need to consider are there in front of us.

So what doesn’t Macroscope have to support mobile apps?

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Friday, 28 March 2014
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Documentation in Maintenance - Part One

What – use Documentation in Maintenance?

Maintenance

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Documentation in Maintenance - Part Two

All that writing?

When I persisted and suggested that requirements and architecture deliverables should be updated as part of the maintenance process, I had another protest. “All that writing? We don’t have time for that!”

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Documentation in Maintenance - Part Three

Reality Check – We Don’t Have Such Documentation

Okay, we did make a big assumption there. So they took me back to their real world.

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Managing All Those Pieces - Part 1

All Those Pieces – What do we Do?

All Those Pieces

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