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Big Design Up Front (BDUF)

Public and private organizations are all seeking to reduce their system development cost. To that end, they are trying to tackle different approaches to eliminate their inefficient practices that result in unnecessary high cost. One of them of the propensity of a number of solution architects to work and refine solution design for weeks if not months: the Big Design Up Front (BDUF) often finds itself in the dock.

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Friday, 15 March 2013
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Macroscope and Lean

“So how does Lean fit with Macroscope?” “Are they compatible or essentially different?” “When would you use one or the other?”

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Thursday, 28 February 2013
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Agile and Macroscope

I have heard quite a few people compare Agile and Macroscope during a break, on the corner of a table, coffee in hand. It is not uncommon to hear things like "Macroscope is not Agile." Such a statement sometimes comes from a cursory glance at Macroscope, often from hearsay or, this is fair game, from a competitor. I'm afraid that such a summary diagnosis might be comparing apples and oranges.

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Wednesday, 27 February 2013
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I just Want What I Need

I had an interesting question recently, from a person who had just been introduced to Macroscope. The person was a specialist in the implementation of products from one of the major ERP vendors. In essence, the question was, “Why can’t I get everything in one place that I need to do an implementation of ___ (Product ‘XYZ’)?” He was asking why it was necessary to go to the Project domain for all the PM material, to the Solution domain for the general -purpose SDLC material, and to the XYZ vendor’s methodology for the product-specific material.

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Thursday, 07 February 2013
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Metrics Aren't the Same as Targets

A client who had been with me in a Results Chain modeling class – recently told me of her challenge getting her internal client to agree on the definition of an outcome. Even though the main focus of everything on the model was toward an increase in a key metric, he refused to define the outcome as “… increased”. He simply wanted to state it as something “to be monitored”. (But he still wanted to see the root initiative take place.)

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Tuesday, 19 June 2012
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Requirements Mangement in Macroscope - Part 3, Validation, Verification and Required Skills

Validation

 

The process of requirements validation is highly enhanced when following the above approach. Since processes are organized according to business responsibilities, it is a very straightforward task to identify the appropriate subject matter expert who can ensure that our models do match the business need. It is also a straightforward task to identify the business stakeholder who can approve any particular details – because of the links to necessary business services and desired business outcomes. And as noted above, a Results Chain greatly expedites any such discussions.

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Thursday, 07 June 2012
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The way I'm using use cases

This posting is a bit long, but I hope you will find it informative and useful in your understanding and application of Macroscope. You will, at least, see how I apply these concepts in real life!

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Wednesday, 06 June 2012
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Requirements Management in Macroscope - Part 2, Requirements Definition

If one begins requirements analysis by asking the question, “What are the requirements”, the answers are inevitably not about business need, but about desired features of the automated components of the solution.

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Friday, 01 June 2012
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Requirements Management in Macroscope - Part 1, The Problem

This is the first in a three-part series. 

“What are the requirements?” When we start by asking that question at the beginning of a systems-solution project, we easily get the wrong answers. And as a result we have a high risk of solving the wrong problem and/or missing the most valuable business opportunities for improvement.

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Tuesday, 08 May 2012
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Documenting tests… Who?...me?

How can we be effective at conducting unit and integration tests with an Agile Development Team?

Stating that tests are crucial to any successful solution implementation, is far from being new. Undertaking quality control is imperative for all product components. However, ensuring quality of a solution requires a testing strategy.

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