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SME – the Subject Matter Expert

n technology-centric product development organizations, promoting and retaining talent while fostering a culture of technical excellence is essential. An established role of Subject Metter Experts, or SMEs, has proven to be an effective way to facilitate knowledge excellence, particularly in multi-project organizations.

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The TCC

TCC – the Team Capability Coach – is a quality leadership project role, aiming at maximizing the effectiveness of process quality assurance. A TCC is an approach that combines and extends quality assurance-related roles of a “Quality Manager” and essential elements of a “Scrum Master” in a single integrated concept.

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What makes a good QA process manager?

The job title “quality assurance manager”—in short “QA manager”—may suggest that the job is boring, ambiguous and uncreative. One particular species of QA manager, however, deserves particular attention: the “process quality manager”.

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Why Organizational Change Initiatives REALLY Fail

Piles of books about organizational change, strategy, and leadership adorn management libraries, yet a satisfactory answer to the question “Why do change initiatives really fail?” remains elusive.

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The T-Rex Company

Innovative, high-tech systems vendors face specific organizational challenges. In order to succeed in a world where these types of organizations have become the drivers of business and industry, old-fashioned, matrix-based organizations need to become agile “T-Rexes.” Adopting a simple organizational pattern can make this possible.

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The Dying Diplodocus

Many technology enterprises are having a very tough time dealing with ever-shorter development cycles. It’s clear they’re going to have to restructure in a fundamental way. But what is the right strategy? And can they handle such significant change?

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Standards May Be Lethal to Your Projects

Standards may be helpful to system developing organizations, but often they turn out to be part of the problem, or even become the actual problem.

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Processes Stink!

Standards can be useful in software development. A “clean and well-defined” collection of Best Practices (only recently known as “good practices”) is potentially a useful idea. On the other hand, in the hands of an inexperienced person, powerful standards can lead to disastrous effects. Are they on the verge of extinction?

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Evolution – Not Revolution

How much process does a software project need? It turns out that may be the optimal degree of formalization is not a constant. The development process has to grow with his result.

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Rational Agility

Is it possible to be agile in a complex, real-time, embedded environment? How does it jive with the heavily regulated, ISO 15504/CMMI, product safety-oriented processes increasingly demanded by the OEMs? In my presentation at the embedded world conference in February 2012, I have argued that the difference between ‘agile’ and ‘rational, controlled’ project organizations is in fact an age-old misunderstanding in terms.