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Scary Statistics About IT Projects

InfoGraphic-Scary IT Project Statistics It is no secret that IT projects are less than a roaring success most of the time.  However, when you start to look at the numbers around success rates and reasons for overruns it gets scary.  The problems we face are not new.  There have been IT projects documented for over a half century.  There is nothing scary about IT projects on their own; we just need to face the everyday struggles and address them to …

Writing Good Requirements

There is a discernable difference between novice and veteran requirement writers.  The process is more art than science, but it still has some best practices that can be of help to anyone.  Here are some points to consider that can help you make your next requirements document the best one you have written. Outline the Requirements In my experience, this is the most natural step.  Start with a high-level overview of needs for the project.  This helps set the stage for …

Chip and Pin – Why Bother?

If you work in retail or use a credit card, you have come across the latest technology: chip and pin.  In the U.S. this is a newer and less prevalent technology than it is in the rest of the world.  However, that does not diminish its importance. The more technical name for this technology is EMV (a shortened version of the card schemas: Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) but you can find usually find both phrases used in discussions about it.  …