Project Management

There are 3 entries for the tag Project Management

Are fixed price contracts for suckers?

NZ readers will probably have heard of Novopay, and the issues it’s had that have made the media. For non-NZ readers, it’s basically a new payment system that went bad and messed up a load of people’s salary and wages payments. This story, Ministers knew of 147 defects with Novopay, highlights the fact that the software team involved had entered into the project as a fixed price deal, and the article makes it sound like things went sour pretty quickly. I don’t have any insight or knowledge into how the Novopay project was run, but after reading the story...

The use of Probabilistic Risk Assessment in software development risk registers

Last week I was writing some documentation that required a risk register table (a.k.a a risk log). The risks for this change were very low probability but would have a very high impact, and it struck me at the time that without being able to calculate the probability with some greater level of accuracy then the value of the entire table was somewhat diminished. Fast forward a couple of days and I was listening to Risky Business #191 -- Nuclear weapons security and infosec where that exact topic was covered from 2 alternate angles – information security and nuclear...

On methodology, hiring, waterfalls, and sandcastles

One of the things I’m struggling with right now is to express a few thoughts which have been milling around in my head regarding lightweight and effective strategies and approaches for small business / projects. When I say “small business” what I really mean is the New Zealand version of small business – REALLY small business. The following links are all related to this thinking – thinking which will hopefully surface eventually in some meaningful way (when actual work isn’t quite as hectic). Case Study: Rapid iteration with hardware – the whole site is an interesting read, however...