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August 11, 2005

Find a Person

I was speaking with Todd Bleeker who is still very excited about the possibilities of the Content Editor web part. Then I went to a client who was having a typical problem — making it easy to find people in their organization.

The net result was that I created a web part that leverages the Content Editor web part to use the REST format of the search page to find people. I’ve made the dwp available here for those who might be able to use it.  I’m starting to see why Todd likes this approach.  It’s good for some simple things that you want to get done without a lot of coding.

Anatomy of a Software Development Role: Project Manager

The Project Management role is the first role in the software development process that isn’t on the main line. The project manager isn’t a person doing “real work.” The project management role is one that is designed to help ensure that the software development process works as it is intended. The project management role works closely with the development management role in order to facilitate, encourage and prioritize the process.

The project management role is perhaps the most clearly defined role within the software development process due to the development of project management as a profession. (If you’ve not been following the series, you might want to read Cracking the Code: Breaking Down the Software Development Roles.)

While the software industry is nascent, the project management industry is enjoying the advancement of a powerful organization in the Project Management Institute . They have assembled a guide to the body of knowledge for the project management profession that is often referred to as the PMBOK Guide. This organization has developed a widely recognized certification, Project Management Professional (PMP), which has both practical experience requirements as well as traditional testing requirements.

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