A Killer Idea For Delivering Successful Information Technology Projects

In all of my audits and reviews of Information Technology (IT) project failures – large and small, we have found that the top reason for failure is the lack of agreed and controlled requirements. In other words, the project team did not have a clear picture of what the customer wanted the team to build and deliver. And, in cases where there had been a clear picture of the requirements at some time early on in the project, changes to that clear picture were made but were not controlled properly. I’ve always tried to work out why a Team of people would start building something before they knew what it was they were supposed to build or before they had a clear picture of what it is they were supposed to deliver. It’s just plain foolish, isn’t it? It’s easy to see how foolish it is if you were dealing with a builder that you had hired to build your house. Before he started, you would definitely have blueprints, specs, etc. for the builder to follow. In addition, you would have agreed the cost and the delivery date. I know you wouldn’t just tell the builder to start without both of you understanding and agreeing the plans, specifications, costs and schedule. So why do IT people do it? Why do IT Teams start building before they have it locked down as to what it is they must build? Let’s take a look at a number of reasons why I think they do. One reason is that Senior Management, in most cases, are pushing for a delivery date that is...

Cool Science Fair Projects Made Fun and Easy

When looking for cool science fair projects, one popular category is to show how science can help solve the problems that we are facing globally today. There are several experiments that you can do to suggest solutions that we as individuals can effect by making changes on a personal basis. • Experts are saying that the amount of food and items that can be recycled going to landfills are at an all-time high. To promote composting and recycling you can do the following: (1) Find a home that does not currently recycle or compost and count the number of garbage bags that are put out each week for pick up. (2) Learn about what items can be composted or recycled and educate the owner as to what food items and recyclables can be taken out of the garbage instead of going into the landfill. (3) Get the owner to agree to compost food items and recycle things rather than throwing them out. Provide a small garbage can to put the items to be composted into and show them how to compost properly. Wash and recycle those items that can be. (4) After three weeks’ time, count the number of garbage bags going out for garbage pickup. Quantify the savings and multiply that by the number of households in your community to show how much can be saved on a yearly basis. • The use of disposable diapers is clogging modern landfills at an alarming rate. Experts are estimating that it will take hundreds, if not thousands, of years to decompose. (1) Research the alternatives that there are to the...

Construction Projects – Tips For Those With No Time

The first thing new homeowners learn is that their homes come with an endless supply of construction projects. Whether it is a new tile installation in the shower, or the basement wall that needs to be rebuilt, the work is always there. Unfortunately most people don’t always have the time to complete even the most basic of these projects, leaving them untouched for far too long. Here are some tips for finding time to make these projects happen. Timesaving Tips For Construction Projects For starters, take your highest priority project and break it down into smaller pieces. Set aside a reasonable amount of time per week that you can afford, and try to get one piece or aspect of that project done in that amount of time. If your construction project is outdoors and subject to the weather, then have a backup project you can do in that same time space. This way you’ll still feel as though you’re getting somewhere with the house, even if you have to wait another week before you can touch the outdoor project. Sometimes part of a project will need to be done in one go, but will take more than your time slot can afford you. In this case, simply enlist the help of family or friends – or hire an extra handyman for that time frame. The extra help will help you accomplish far more in that time frame then you could yourself. Lastly, when all else fails and there simply isn’t the time to get necessary projects done, then try to auction them off. There are a number of sites available on the web where you can go...

High School Science Fair Projects – Topic Ideas For Winning Experiments

High school science fair projects can be on any number of topics, depending upon the science course being taken. In the high school years students are allowed to take more advanced biology, chemistry, Earth Science and in some cases, rudimentary physics and astronomy courses. With this diversity, projects can be designed that even are cross disciplinary, like combining physics and astronomy to design a project that could answer problems faced by space travelers, for example. A few ideas for high school level science projects follow: • Experts are saying that global warming could be the cause of the disappearance of many of the world’s fields of glaciers in the next 50 years. What evidence is there that these changes are already occurring? Why is there a debate among scientists that global warming may or not be occurring? Do you think this debate may be financially or politically motivated? What effects will global warming have on the planet if it is happening? How do scientists that do not believe in global warming explain the discrepancies? Show both sides of the argument so that the average American can be better educated on how it affects everyone’s daily life, especially if something isn’t done soon. • High school science fair projects involving “going green” are highly popular. Biodiesal fuels seem to be the next answer when it comes to finding a solution to the current oil crisis. What constitutes a “biofuel”? How is it manufactured and from what? Are these sources considered renewable? If so, why? How does the use of a biofuel affect CO2 emissions? Are biofuels as efficient as the...

Traditional Oak Joinery For Your Home and Restoration Projects

In modern times, so many of us are considering self build and self management projects when producing a new home or maybe a property for financial investment or resale. Many of us, by the time we have managed to struggle our way through finding an architect that we can relate to, and finally getting plans passed through the appropriate planners, we then just need to take a deep breath. Now the project really starts. Hopefully we have found a main contractor or maybe a good self employed builder who if helpful and will guide us on our root to building a new home. So often one of the main parts of the contract being exterior windows, doors etc can so easily be left behind and left late on ordering so as not to be able to purchase the type and design that you really would like. We have been manufacturing hardwood joinery within our family business for many more years then I can remember. Oak windows and doors have become more and more popular over the last few years for renovations and brand new projects and of course the large self build market. It is so important that all these feature items are made to to your design as they are the make or break of the final project. So many joinery companies just give a price taken from your plans with no detailed drawing of each item of joinery. We now insist on giving a detailed drawing of every window and door etc with an individual price on each article of joinery.This allows the client to be able...