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Why Books Are Better Than College

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First off, I apologize to all of my college professors.  I have spent 7+ years taking college classes at 3 different colleges and I have enjoyed every minute of it.  In fact, I plan to take more classes in the

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Time Remaining is More Important Than Time Spent

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On many projects, the question I many times hear is “how much time have you spent?”  Time tracking systems are often created to track time spent.  This seems logical and often times people do not think twice about it, but

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Release Burndown + Cone of Uncertainty = Release Uncertainty Burndown?

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One of the artifacts used to track work on an agile project is the release burndown chart. This chart plots functionality along the y-axis and time along the x-axis.  A line is then drawn from the size of the desired

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IBM Innovate 2013 Presentation

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Below is the PowerPoint from the presentation that myself, Randy Makoski from Paychex and Jason Smith from IBM presented at IBM Innovate 2013.  The topic of our presentation was why we chose to implement the Jazz Suite (Rational Team Concert

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What is Experience?

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One of the challenges that I have faced in both my professional and entrepreneurial career is that I am young and therefore others perceive that I lack the experience that others who are older than myself have. I recently read

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Defect Density is Not Created Equal

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Defect Density is defined as the number of defects for a specific time divided by the overall size of the component or project.   *Size is defined in either lines of code changed (LOCC) or function points (FP), depending on

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Waterfall, Agile & the “Triple Constraint”

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Anyone who has ever worked on a project probably realizes there are three (really four, but people often forget about the fourth) criteria that project success is focused on: 1. Features (Requirements) 2. Estimates (Cost) 3. Schedule (Timeframe) 4. Quality

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My Top 10 Books

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I read a lot of books.  Most of my reading is not “fun” reading (as my wife would describe).  I generally read books on the topic of self improvement, motivation, finance, business, software development, etc.  I really enjoy learning and

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How Do You View Failure?

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 My sister graduated from college this past weekend.  On the night before her graduation, we had a discussion around her time at college and the future.  During the conversation, she said “but I don’t want to fail.” I have heard

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IBM Innovate 2013 Presentation – Case Study of Using Jazz ALM

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I’m excited to announce that a co-worker and myself will be presenting at IBM Innovate 2013 in Orlando.  The conference runs from June 2nd – 6th and contains a ton of different sessions.  Our session is titled “Paychex Case Study:

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