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Bridging the Gap Between Development and IT Teams

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Many organizations wishing to improve their processes or streamline delivery turn toward an Agile framework such as Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), or Feature-Driven Development (FDD). While these frameworks are great for software development projects, they don’t always address the challenges that an IT (Information Technology) team may face.

Including Ops on the Journey to the Cloud

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Is there anything The Cloud can’t do? A day doesn’t go by without us hearing about the benefits of The Cloud. It can make use healthier, our kids smarter and everyone is happier – just by using The Cloud. And the IT community? It seems to be the biggest benefactor of the cloud. Systems magically get better by migrating to The Cloud.

Essential Project Management Skills

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Some people may wonder what skills a Project Manager would need to successfully run a project. What a person considers “successful” may vary, of course. Perhaps being able to simply stay within the agreed upon budget is considered a successful project. Maybe delivering all of the requested deliverables on time is considered successful.

The Importance of Usability Beyond Functionality

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When developing software in an Agile environment for enterprise and end-user services, agencies need to remember that non-functional requirements are equally important to the functional ones. One of these non-functional requirements is how usability goes beyond a software’s base functionality to improve the end user’s overall experience.

Risk Identification and its Importance

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Risk identification is an integral part of the risk management process in project management.  According to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK):

Understanding Motivations for Computer Hacking

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This article discusses and analyzes the key psychological and sociological issues related to hackers and the potential impact on individual organizations and society as a whole. It considers ethical and non-ethical hacker personalities and motivations, and profiling tools used by law enforcement in combating cyber threats.

Certified vs. Certifiable: How Big a Role Should Certifications Play?

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Not too long ago, I knew a Project Manager (PM) who needed to hire a new person for her team. She found the perfect candidate – he had just the right amount of experience, great references, and his salary range was within our budget. He was by far the PM’s first choice; however, the PM hired someone else.

Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and Software Test Life Cycle (STLC) in Agile/Scrum Development Approach.

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Software development is difficult and risky as it can result in cost overruns, schedule slippages, low product quality, and project cancellation for non-viability. The maintenance of tighter development models such as the widespread Waterfall is threatened by innovative and more flexible models.

DevOps, Agile and Microservices

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DevOps provides the principles, practices, and tools, coupled with organizational and cultural changes, to allow application-focused teams to deliver functionality to the end user via repeatable, predictable processes.