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Debunking Those Change-Control Myths PDF Print E-mail
Programming - Change Management
Written by David Shirey   
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:00

Every IT shop has some sort of change-management system. And it's often more a burden than a help. Why? Because of a number of change management myths that we hold near and dear.

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

The single most unheeded dictum, which seems to come from every successful entrepreneur-turned-billionaire, is to not be afraid of making mistakes. In fact, many people proudly declare that mistakes are the only way you make progress, and they attribute much of their success to their ability to make mistakes. Interestingly enough, this never seems to have worked out for me, but they're the rich ones, so they must know.

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The Frustrating Challenges of Application Enhancement PDF Print E-mail
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Written by David Shirey   
Monday, 27 October 2014 00:00

A famous editor once said, "You know how when you tighten a bolt on your engine the front bumper falls off?" That started me thinking of writing about how difficult it can be to modify an existing application. Oh, all right. It was her idea from the beginning. So what.

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

In the beginning, an application was written from scratch. And it was beautiful to behold. It did what it was supposed to do, and the logic flow was as clean and as clear as you could reasonably expect it to be. And it lived happily with a dozen unicorns, a handsome prince who liked watching romantic comedy movies, and a beautiful princess with long hair and a diaphanous gown.


But then, somebody decided that some changes needed to be made to it. So they modified the code to show the customer AR Tariff code. And suddenly, one of the unicorns disappeared and was replaced by a hippo.

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Application Lifecycle Management: Some Definitions (and Misconceptions) PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Olenka Van Schendel   
Monday, 11 November 2013 00:00

Integrated Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) provides the ability to innovate while reducing overhead costs, thus improving time to delivery, quality, value, and predictability.

olenka vanschendelWritten by Olenka Van Schendel

The classic definition of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) derives from the notion of "software as a product": identifying distinct and cyclical phases of requirements management, software architecture, development, testing, maintenance, change management, project management, and release management.


Most importantly, and to dispel a common misconception, the scope of ALM is broader than the simple software development lifecycle (SDLC).

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