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The Dawning Age of Augmented Reality

Written by Brent Wiseman on November 10, 2015

If you’ve ever watched a football game on TV, whether you realize it or not you’re familiar with the concept of augmented reality. Seems all the networks these days project a yellow stripe onto the green field to show viewers how far the team with the ball must advance to obtain a first down. Except…

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The Real Reasons Behind Incorrect Software Estimation – Part 2

Written by Jeff Lether on October 27, 2015

Back in August, I explained that software estimation is difficult to get right, as reviewed in Part 1 of this blog series.  With so many projects overrunning on time and money, it’s important to examine the causes of estimating misses and identify things we can do to mitigate them. Here are 3 more common pitfalls and ways…

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Seeing Around Corners

Written by Jonathan Cortis on October 5, 2015

When I was growing up and in grade school, there was nothing I liked more than a fire drill.  It was always a chance to experience loud sounds and flashing lights, get some fresh air, watch your teacher generally annoyed and slightly disheveled (without the natural progression of a trip to the principal’s office), and…

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Lessons Learned from Managing Projects

Written by Brendan Thompson on August 13, 2015

  Someone recently asked about my experience as a first time project manager. After recovering from the nervous sweats, I thought of the following mistakes I made and lessons I learned to create this Spinal Tap-inspired top eleven list. What advice would you share with a first time project manager? Regardless of the project type,…

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The Real Reasons Behind Incorrect Software Estimation – Part 1

Written by Jeff Lether on August 6, 2015

Software estimation is a notoriously difficult activity. According to an industry analysis such as the Chaos Report by the Standish Group, a large number of projects don’t meet original estimates. They suffer overruns on time, money, or both. This is fueled by the complex nature of software solutions, the dynamically changing real-world problems they try…

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Extracting Data Shouldn’t Be Painful

Written by Matt Jones on August 4, 2015

For many IT professionals, this 1823 illustration by Louis Boilly perfectly captures our feelings toward data extraction. In my last post, The Times They Are a Changin’, I stated that the current Question First process for business intelligence evolved out of a time where data extraction was difficult and time consuming. I also talked about…

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Do You Have the Right Size Truck for the Job?

Written by Tom Miller on July 29, 2015

What was the last project that you estimated for effort? While we often associate estimation with work, we estimate projects every day. For example, we estimate how long it will take us to get to work via the interstate and how long it will take to cook dinner. Are you tempted to dive into the…

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