“Go live” in IT


Go-live or release is something, which is workable solution/product customer can use it.
 
How to do we come here?
 
  • A greater team work and great collaboration
  • Great planning by the team and as well “Senior management”
  • Senior Management and team co-ordination is very important. Sr Management steers the direction of team and projects
  • CCB (Change Control Board:)) which blocks “Out-scope requirements” in the release. Project management needs to monitor and acts as a gateway to customer and Team.
  • Effective Test team /Quality team 
  • Eliminating waste
    • Politics , Bias towards certain people in the team
    • Keeping problems and problem elements away
  • Incremental deliveries
  • Customer buy-in at every stage 
  • Approval and required sign-off at various points (mile stones)
  • Adhering to all the polices by client or organization, where they work from 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

For some reason or other hitting roadblocks is order of the day :)Every task you take-up every process is you touch, the work stretches and never completes :)

Few things to avoid

  • Trusting people, who will promise heaven ( in two secs). Strangely you will see heaven in-following-up/chasing/shouting/screaming.  Two seconds will start after two decades or fifty years (if you are still alive :))
  • People who can not keep promises. Every time, in ever corner of life you will see this.
  • Having only “one option” for work completion
  • Paying/donations/loans with out any agreements/email communication.
    • Some people vanish, people change phone numbers/houses.
    • People changes houses/towns/country.
    • Even they will go-to Singapore, or construct “five star hotels”.But they will not have money to pay you back
    • They will come up with “n reasons”, why they can not pay now :)
    • They will get into all problems, the moment you ask them to pay :)
  • Thinking that some one will come and help you :)
  • Choosing wrong path/partner/firm/employer/employee.
This is based personal experience (as always) :)
Any experience, you would like to share.

Process to product


This blog is helping me keep thoughts on agile and others.

If you are regular reader, you would’ve known where I am coming from:(

Small step on is great step for man kind.  Like baby’s first step, crawl and later walking fast. In the same analogy you would need to start somewhere.

Every task or lifting and moving mountain is gigantic task. We have learned,  we start somewhere and corrections. On the pathway. You might have noticed great building’s  *Rome* are not build in a day.

If you need to get thing’s faster assign it to laziest person, he would know how to get this task faster:)

Coming to our topic, we do small waterfall models. Keeping a customer or customers representative on board.

Like in building construction,  there are phases you see work progress.

Move away from too many Brainstorming  session’s.  Meeting for cons meeting’s is wasted time and efforts.  Start incremental product builds. Every release or delivery would show a simple feature which customer can see.

Venture capitalist (vc) or product owner do’ not want to wait for toooooooooo many months for the product.  No one wants to listen to all world’s problems any is having?

Everyone wants to see light sooner or later. Does this make sense?

Googler or Newbie


Many times, when ever you start a task, Initially task seems too big or very difficult task to achieve.

During this, if you a mentor or supporters you task assumed to be finished.

If you want to buy or sell something (property or house or any items, which you would need agents the task becomes tough:(

Recently when I did some activity as above you need to go through hundred agents,  and every one quotes something different.  It is became very tough if that activity takes longer time. People loose confidence (including you). Every buyer and sellers perspective differ.  Some one say there is problem with a moon. If the house is on highway, they say it is noisy. When the property is far, it is issue for them to commute.  May god bless :(

Coming to actual topic of googler or newbie,  you need to have careful planning.

At the end of day when task is complete, it will be great accomplishment :)

It so happens,  every time you do something different, people say ask you have not done this earlier?

  • Like you are venturing into new technology start-up, which you have not done earlier?
  • If task requires an aggressive person, it doesn’t mean a cool headed person can not handle.  When things go wrong, you need person who can solve problems but not shout and scream :).
  • It takes lot of time convince people if they have already decided:).

 

Getting there ……


A journey actually start with starting it:(

Many people plan for life rime . And they donot actually start it .

They say you have to crawl first,  walk then run.

In theory starting and finishing a task hapens just like that. Before any one can comment, why this task is not done, they need to feel the pain.

A thing of beauty is joy for ever:) –

People and firms or selfish, every one wants to earn free money. Unless legal aggrement and proper planning nothing works out :). So many mistakes we make.

Before you hit on gas pedal, you wil go through lot of pains ( but no gains).

People promise many things,  after work is done, it will be freebie :)

 

Customer first


There is a book from HCL CEO, it says customer comes second. As he says because the employee comes first.

This true, as if you take care of employee then employee will take care of customer.

There is one saying,  you have to earn creditably, before we ask him or her for extra payment.  We have to do value-add to the customer.   You have to start walking,  before you run:)

It is always our duty to ensure customer is satisfied.  And then only we can ask for extra.

How well,  we understand the customer, will be helpful in building revenues and credibility.

For example, simple task may be creating a web site for the customers.  If the requirement is only web site creation, if customers gets the backend admin screen as part , that will be great success story for the organizations. It will be extra bonus, if we provide customer lifetime support:)

Do you need financial planning?


This is among the couple of articles on this blog. There are some surprises,  when someone asked me to do financial planning.If you have not done, please start planning. First step is to “find a planner”. Person who is in that line of business and friendly neighbour.

Few things you have to make sure

1. Your risk capacity.  Risk tools are available on the web. This will show, how much risk you can take.

2. Current assets

3. Liabilities

4. Financial goals

5. Future priorities

6. Do take care money, it will take care of you:)

Have started my financial planning, have you started yours?