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Agile / Scrum

Adding Practices to Scrum to Achieve Your Goals (and comparison with CMMI Level 3) (April 2013, 1.7MB)

Scrum - Lessons From the Trenches (October 2012, PDF file, 2MB)

Implementing Scrum (Agile) and CMMI Together (March 2009, PDF file, 768K)

Are You Scrumming Too Much? (July 2010, PDF file, 600K)

Scrum Sticky Issues (February 2011, PDF file, 614K)

[Tidbit #10] - Using Scrum Wisely - Where does Design Fit?

[Tidbit #12] - Synchronizing Scrum and Waterfall

[Tidbit #14] - When Scrum Uncovers Stinky Issues


Time Management

Time management - interruptions and multi-tasking (October 2008, PDF file, 350K)

Getting Clarity From a Pile of To-Dos (February 2010, PDF file, 900k)

Doing More for Less

Doing More for Less in Software and Solutions Development - (download PDF file, Mini-News, Jan 2008)


Cycle Time Reduction

Meeting tight schedules through cycle time reduction - (download PDF file Vol. 7, No. 1, March 2000)

Accelerating product development through cycle time reduction - (download PDF file Vol. 8, No. 1, Feb 2001)

Software Requirements

Dealing with the customer is too difficult and takes too much time - (download PDF file Vol. 11, No. 2, Oct 2004)

Managing requirements - (download PDF file Vol. 11, No. 2, Oct 2004)

Getting product requirements - sorting the information - (download PDF file Vol. 8, No. 1, Feb 2001)

Inspection, Bugs and Rework

Finding bugs quickly and reducing wasted time - (download PDF file Vol. 6, No. 2, September 1999)

Selling and Getting Buy-in

Selling your ideas

Management commitment vital to ensure process improvement

Project Planning and Management

Reducing Project Failure - Over-commitment and Corrective Actions (download PDF file Vol. 16, No. 1, January 2009)

Tracking size attributes to monitor project progress - (download PDF file Vol. 12, No. 1, March 2005)

'We must over-commit - we must win business' - (download PDF file Vol.11, No. 1, February 2004)

Does e-commerce software need engineering? - (download PDF file Vol. 7, No. 1, March 2000)

Coping with risk

How to communicate estimates clearly

Market window: Myth or fact?

Writing (SMART) achievable goals

Overcommitment: An artist's tale

Book review, "The Deadline," DeMarco, Tom.

Book review, "Getting to Yes," Fisher, R., and Ury, W.

Book review, "Principles of Software Engineering Management," Gilb, T.

Organizational Change and Culture

Selling Quality to Your Organization (download PDF, Vol. 16, No. 3, September 2009)

Do Engineers Need to be Trained? (Training Your Staff on the Cheap) (download PDF file, Mini-News, July 2008)

Making Significant Improvements Using Senior Management (download PDF file, Mini-News, October 2007)

Management role: ensuring that improvement sticks - (download PDF file Vol. 6, No. 2, September 1999)

Steamrolling the organization with process, or is there a better way?

Rolling out a process

Compelling improvement

Why people behave the way they do

Process improvement meets 'Peopleware': People are the key asset of any organization

Out of the box

Book review, "The Decline and Fall of the American Programmer," Yourdon, E.

Book review, "Leadership is an Art," DePree, Max.

Book review, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," Covey, S.

Book review, "Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams," DeMarco, Tom. Lister, Timothy.

Book review, "The Goal," Eliyahu M. Goldratt. - (download PDF file Vol. 6, No. 2, September 1999)

Book review, "The Death of Common Sense," Howard, Philip K.

Book review, "Quality is Still Free," Crosby, Philip.

Book review, "Quality Software Management, Volume 4 Anticipating Change," Weinberg, G.

Improvement Planning, CMMI and Appraisals

Expediting CMMI Maturity Level 3 - 10 Essential Tips and Their Demons (Dec 2013, PDF file, 1.8MB)

SCAMPI Appraisal Method 1.3 Changes (June 2011, PDF file, 365K)

CMMI 1.3 Changes (November 2010, PDF file, 643K)

CMMI Services Model - Implementing Service Delivery, Service Continuity and Incidence Resolution and Prevention (July 2010, PDF file, 600K)

Getting New Practices Used and Keeping Them Visible (February 2010, PDF file, 900k)

Getting out of the swamp (October 2008, PDF file, 350K)

Are we on track for CMMI Level N? (Mini-News, PDF file, July 2008)

Appraisals and CMMI Gotchas (March 2008, PDF file, 293K)

Implementing an Improvement Program (a checklist) (March 2008, PDF file, 293K)

Implementing Measurement and Analysis (July 2007, PDF file, 386K)

Decision Analysis and Resolution Process (Oct 2005, PDF file, 384K)

CMMI: SAM and ISM Applicability (Oct 2005, PDF file, 384K)

CMMI-based appraisals: how large should they be? - (Download PDF file Vol. 12, No. 1, March 2005)

Practical Process Improvement Planning (download PDF file Vol.10, No. 2, February 2003)

Shoestring Process Improvement - don't stop because times are tough (download PDF file Vol.9, No. 2, October 2002)

A goal-problem approach for scoping an improvement program - (download PDF file Vol. 6, No. 2, September 1999) (Also see updated newsletter article below "Goal-Problem Improvement.")

Goal-Problem Improvement (February 2011, PDF file, 614K)

Using the CMM effectively

Assessments, audits and certification

An objective view

Software Engineering Process Groups

What lessons have we learned so far? (download PDF file Vol. 9, No. 1, February 2002)

Checking improvement - (download PDF file Vol. 7, No. 1, March 2000)

Measure your effectiveness -- if you dare

Revising your approach to process improvement

Planning improvement

Process improvement is a contact sport

Real process improvement - getting what you need

Adopting ideas: Planning for change and knowing who to work with

Communicating process deployment

Some bright ideas for SEPGs

Book review, "The Secrets of Consulting: A Guide to Giving and Getting Advice Successfully," Weinberg, Gerald M.

Process Development and Auditing

Right-sizing Processes - When to Stop Defining a Process (download PDF file Vol. 16, No. 1, January 2009)

Implementing Product and Process Quality Assurance (download PDF file Vol. 13, No. 1, October 2006)

Practical Project and Process Documentation (download PDF file Vol. 9, No. 2, October 2002)

Risk-based process tailoring

Rules of thumb writing processes: Lessons learned from the trenches


Selecting consultants

Using Six Sigma for improvement and comparison to CMM/CMMI (download PDF file Vol. 11, No. 1, February 2004)

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Newsletters by Volume

Vol 20, No. 2 December 2013 (PDF file, 1.8MB)

Vol 20, No. 1 April 2013 (PDF file, 1.7MB)

Vol 19, No. 1 October 2012 (PDF file, 2MB)

Vol 18, No. 2 June 2011 (PDF file, 365K)

Vol 18, No. 1 February 2011 (PDF file, 614K)

Vol 17, No. 3, November 2010 (PDF file, 643K)

Vol 17, No. 2, July 2010 (PDF file, 600K)

Vol 17, No. 1, February 2010 (PDF file, 900K)

Vol 16, No. 3, September 2009 (PDF file, 876K)

Vol 16, No. 2, March 2009
(PDF file, 768K)

Vol 16, No. 1, January 2009 (PDF file, 396K)

Vol 15, No. 2, October 2008 (PDF file, 350K)

Mini-Newsletter July 2008 (PDF file 384K)

Vol 15, No.1, March 2008 (PDF file, 293K)

Mini-Newsletter January 2008 (PDF file, 122K)

Mini-Newsletter October 2007 (PDF file, 108K)

Vol 14, No. 1, July 2007 (PDF file, 386K)

Vol 13. No. 1, October 2006 (PDF file, 291K)

Vol 12. No 2. October 2005 (PDF file, 384K)

Vol 12, No 1, March 2005 (PDF file, 340K)

Vol. 11, No. 2, October 2004 (PDF file, 368K)

Vol. 11, No. 1, February 2004 (PDF file, 748K)

Vol. 10, No. 1, February 2003 (PDF file, 127K)

Vol. 9, No. 2, October 2002 (PDF file, 184K)

Vol. 9, No. 1, February 2002 (PDF file, 394K)

Vol. 8, No. 1, February 2001 (PDF file, 152K)

Vol. 7, No. 1, March 2000 (PDF file, 65K)

Vol. 6, No. 2, September 1999 (PDF file, 65K)

Vol. 6, No. 1, February 1999

Vol. 5, No. 2, August 1998

Vol. 5, No. 1, March 1998

Vol. 4, No. 2, August 1997

Vol. 4, No. 1, February 1997

Vol. 3, No. 1, May 1996

Vol. 2, No. 2, August 1995

Vol. 2, No. 1, April 1995

Vol. 1, No.2, September 1994

Vol. 1, No. 1, April 1994



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