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Book Review-Software that Sells: A Practical Guide to Developing and Marketing Your Software Project

Do you know why you don’t see a lot of negative reviews of anything in magazines?  The answer is simple.  Why print something that is negative when you can just as easily print something positive?  Well, the beauty of a blog is that I can post something negative if the item deserves it.  This is […]

Fundamentals of Performance Testing

I’m in the process of writing an article for TechRepublic.com on the declining importance of performance testing.  Without getting into the articles primary arguments, I came to a realization that I felt compelled to share. Most IT professionals have no idea how to approach performance testing. I mean that both from the sense of they couldn’t […]

Article: Choosing Between a User Control or a Web Part for SharePoint

I generally recommend that users don’t write Web Parts unless they have to. That confuses a lot of people since most people believe that you have to write Web Parts if you want to do work with SharePoint. This is only partially true. SharePoint will only display Web Parts on a page. However, there are […]

Book Review-The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

If you’ve been reading this blog then you know that I’ve been doing a lot of reading of my own lately, mainly associated with some professional development in the area of reconnecting to basic software development fundamentals that I’m already aware of and some new things as I try to find some new ideas in […]

Recognition vs. Recall

Where did I put that again? One of the things that’s been fairly constant in my life over the last few weeks — that rediscovery stuff is hard, particularly when you try to do it too quickly.  It’s caused me to recognize that there’s information I’ve seen before but I couldn’t recall it on command, […]

Book Review-Agile & Iterative Development: A Manager’s Guide

The latest book to succumb to my ravenous appetite for software development is Agile and Iterative Development: A Manager’s Guide. More than any of the other books, this book convinced me how astray we’ve all been lead astray by waterfall based development.  While most of my consulting career has been spent adapting waterfall to meet […]

An odd little quirk about not installing VB the first time through

One of the things I’m doing right now is evaluating DotNetNuke 4.02 … So I install it in my VPC and It doesn’t show up.  I think about it and realize that I didn’t install Visual Basic when I installed Visual Studio 2005.  Of course, I couldn’t think of any reason why I’d need it. […]

Preparing for SharePoint Advisor Live! Las Vegas April 9th-12th

I’m just sitting down to get some work done on my presentations for SharePoint Advisor Live! in Las Vegas April 9th-12th and thought I should share with everyone the three sessions I’ll be doing… Get your SharePoint Project Started Right : SharePoint projects are often lost in enthusiasm and don’t have the requirements gathering they […]

Are you really saving money through off-shoring?

Let me first start out with two process notes… 1) It’s hard to get an article like this published on the Internet because of the substantial amount of web traffic which is coming from off shore.  That’s why this is a blog post. 2) I have the GREATEST respect for many folks who happen to […]

Agile Development through Lunch

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’ve been doing a ton of personal reengineering, trying to get caught up on my personal and leadership practices for software development practices. One of the things that struck me through my reading is that there are Agile techniques that I’ve been using for a while.  One of those […]