Incremental vs. All-in Change and Enhancement Strategies

Sooner or later we have to consider how to change our systems.  This situation can come from growth in business, changes in technology (or requirements), or systems that have aged poorly.  When we reach the point of deciding on a move we often have to decide on the incremental vs. all-in approach to achieve our goal.  There are times when one choice or the other is obvious.  However, I have found that we almost always have both of these options available.  …

Winning With Agile

The Agile methodology has a lot of pros and cons.  In fact, it is one of the most common argument/discussions I have with a mentor of mine.  He likes to point out (correctly in most instances) that the Agile approach skips out on important design.  It causes a lot of re-work because of that lack of up-front design.  This re-work is only partially a problem.  The Agile method assumes that changes will come during the implementation of a project.  Instead of …

Making 2018 Your Best Year Yet

The beautiful thing about a new year is that it gives us an excellent milestone for change.  Of course, there are always resolutions to make this the best year ever.  However, we will look beyond declarations.  This article presents a more intentional approach to improvement based on thoughtful consideration.  We are not just picking a popular trend and jumping on or an obvious, but broad, improvement. Careful Assessment The first step in planning our best year is to assess where we are. …