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Five Tips to Avoid Costly Project Pitfalls

Have you ever served on a project team responsible for implementing a new enterprise software solution that failed to launch? There’s nothing more frustrating than juggling your day job while also participating on a time-intensive project team—only to find that despite everyone’s best efforts to go live under budget and on schedule, the project just falls short.

July 17, 2018

Great Products Begin With Great Requirements

Every quarter, I work with undergraduates who are studying Data Science, Human-Computer Interaction, Information Architecture, Information Assurance, and Cybersecurity. When asked to identify a problem and design an appropriate solution, they are quick to propose technological interventions such as new websites or mobile apps as their final projects... 

July 9, 2018

Connecting Distributed Teams in an Era of Accelerating Innovation

Ray Kurzweil—best-selling author, entrepreneur, futurist, inventor, and currently Director of Engineering at Google—famously made the point that technology is advancing more quickly than ever before. For example, the number of transistors on a semiconductor has been doubling about every two years for the past four decades in accordance with Moore’s Law. And, as Kurzweil points out in in his 2005 book The Singularity is Near*, DNA sequencing ...

June 26, 2018

Avoid Product Failures with Connected Requirements Management

In 2017, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued 500 recalls of medical devices and/or parts of medical devices. Fifty-two of these recalls were identified as Class I: a class reserved for a situation where there is a reasonable chance a product will cause serious health problems or death [i]. So far in 2018, the FDA has already identified 64 Class I recalls, including resuscitation masks for ...

June 11, 2018

Adopting Best Practices with Enterprise Systems

That Was Then, This Is NowWhen cars replaced the horse and buggy, the functions that were inherent to having a horse as the “engine” were not brought over when people switched to driving cars. Without a horse, you don’t need blinders, a horse whip, or apples to feed the horse—although thoughtful automobile drivers might consider the apples for hungry passengers. The same concept holds true when implementing an ...

May 15, 2018