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Tuesday, February 19, 2002


Development Critical Success Factors. The Department of Defense-sponsored Software Program Managers Network has been one of my long time sources of best practices. Over the past few years they have distilled down to 16 critical practices what is essential to successfully developing software. You can download the 146-slide PowerPoint presentation on these 16 critical software practices, as well as get a whitepaper in MS Word format.

Two New Books The Harris Kern Enterprise Computing Series has two new additions:

  1. Technology Strategies by Cooper Smith
  2. IT Systems Management: Designing, Implementing, and Managing World-Class Infrastructures by Richard Schiesser
Here's a hard-to-find bonus: Participate in a survey (you'll first have to go through a free registration process), and you can select one of the series books as a free reward for your efforts. The offer is, unfortunately, limited to survey takers in the United States.

End Note. As a prelude to my entry that introduces the Tarrani-Zarate Model I'm sharing an excellent article titled, Grammar of Goal Setting. This will set the context for the business imperatives layer of our model. A well-written companion article is Common Goal Setting Tangles.