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Exploring Your Tool and Application Options

In the last few years, I have often found myself researching application options and tools a customer is interested in.  This usually starts with a suggested tool or two that they like (or have a few specific dislikes).  Then I am asked to see what is available that is similar but better.  The fruits of those little projects are a good start for this article and will likely surprise you. A Target-Rich Environment The first thing that jumps out at me …

Back To Basics – Getting A Project Back On Track

When you listen to a professional or college sports team discuss a bad stretch, they often mention that they will get back to basics.  These statements are not a knock on the players.  They understand the basics.  It is instead a focus on doing the things that have to be done.  It is a return to their foundation so they can simplify and then work on building again.  This approach happens to work well for software projects as well. Spinning Out …

Gathering and Defining Requirements

One of the first steps in any projects is gathering and defining requirements.  These are needed to measure whether the features being built are useful.  Requirements also give us a way to map progress and eventual success.  Sometimes there are projects where we will have all the information we need to get started.  However, most projects will require us to gather, define, and refine these details from others. Gathering Requirements The process of gathering requirements from others can be complicated …