Tonight I attended the monthly meeting for the Atlanta Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN). As usual, it was a great affair, with around 30 folks gathering at the Oracle’s Atlanta field office. IT veteran and SPIN board member, Ron Wojcik, delivered a fantastic presentation on how a formal project management approach can be integrated with a software development methodology.
The presentation focused on using the PMBoK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) in a traditional waterfall development environment. In addition, the “sales process”, which is often overlooked in such discussions, was covered and related to the process approach that followed. With this background established, the five major process groups within the PMBoK framework were discussed. Key deliverables that arise from each process were identified and examples provided.
In summary, the talk served as a high-level tutorial on the PMBoK approach to project management while providing insight into how it can be pragmatically applied to a typical development environment.
I never cease to be amazed at the quality of the speakers at our SPIN meetings. Ron Wojick is no exception.
Ron Wojcik has worked software development for over thirty years, primarily in the telecommunications industry. Ron joined AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1977 where he performed and then led real-time software development and systems engineering efforts. In 1991, Ron joined BellSouth Telecommunications as a Research Director for systems engineering. In 1996, Ron assumed the role of Executive Director/Network Vice President for systems development in support of emerging technologies being deployed into the BellSouth network. In 2002, Ron retired from BellSouth and established Pragmatic! Solutions, a telecommunications consulting company.
Ron is currently Executive Director for TTI Telecom, where he has technical account management and system development/delivery responsibilities.
Ron’s academic accomplishments include a B.S. in Math from Illinois Institute of Technology; a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University; and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Ron is also a certified Project Management Professional.
At the next SPIN meeting, Larry Boldt, the VP of Customer Management at Orasi Software, will be delivering a presentation entitled “Customer Feedback Management – 7 Habits of Highly Effective Customer Feedback Process.”
Abstract: If loyal customers are the essence of what makes companies successful, why is it that so many organizations fail to involve their customers when developing software products? Depending on which analysts’ reports you read, between 60% and 90% of all new product rollouts fail. More importantly, the number one reason for this failure is lack of customer involvement. When we don’t involve our customers throughout the planning and development process we are at high risk of incurring:
Since we are aware of these risks, why do so many companies continue to ignore the needs of their customers when it comes to developing and maintaining market-driven products?