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“With LANSA we can help our customers be more agile and responsive to new business requirements. That's extremely important in the transportation industry. Enhancements and customization are now simple and fast, meaning that we can respond quicker to customer requests.”

“With LANSA we can help our customers be more agile and responsive to new business requirements. That's extremely important in the transportation industry. Enhancements and customization are now simple and fast, meaning that we can respond quicker to customer requests.”

“With LANSA we can help our customers be more agile and responsive to new business requirements. That's extremely important in the transportation industry. Enhancements and customization are now simple and fast, meaning that we can respond quicker to customer requests.”

Glenn Gundermann, Application Development Manager, Nulogx

“Our ERP system happens to run on IBM i, which is often and mistakenly earmarked as a legacy platform. Using LANSA and with a renewed focus on our existing ERP system, we have proven to be more flexible and productive than a packaged ERP like SAP ever could be.”

“Our ERP system happens to run on IBM i, which is often and mistakenly earmarked as a legacy platform. Using LANSA and with a renewed focus on our existing ERP system, we have proven to be more flexible and productive than a packaged ERP like SAP ever could be.”

“Our ERP system happens to run on IBM i, which is often and mistakenly earmarked as a legacy platform. Using LANSA and with a renewed focus on our existing ERP system, we have proven to be more flexible and productive than a packaged ERP like SAP ever could be.”

Arnold Hendriks, Application Development Manager, Bidfood

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Michael Hall, Head of Digital, Elders Rural

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Overwhelmed by Workload

The Desperate Project Manager’s Kit (DPMK)

I was reading Jurgen’s blog about scrum projects and again saw these issues:

1) Not following a business-driven approach to goals and priorities
2) Not delivering real value early and often

In aXes/RAMP application modernization projects I refer to these two items as BV (Business Value).

I think there is evidence that many IBM i software developers nowadays just don’t get what BV is about – or they don’t care – or they have forgotten. They just don’t recognize BV as being the most important thing in IT – especially in application modernization projects.

Modernization project managers must be getting made pretty desperate about this issue.

I decided to try and help by making a DPMK (Desperate Project Manager’s Kit).

The DPMK has 3 key components:

 

The DPMK usage guidelines are very simple …..

For the first week of the modernization project – gather the project team together every morning – and staple Post-it notes to their foreheads.  (editor’s note: okay, Australians do have a unique sense of humour)

The staples are dual purpose – not only do they stop the notes from falling off – their presence continuously focuses the team members’ attention on the importance of BV.

Some suggested Post-it notes follow ………

post-it 1
BV is Business Value. It is my "raison detre"

post-it 2
Today I am going to talk to a USER about BV!!!

post-it 3
Today I am going to talk to a MANAGER about BV

post-it 4
Yesterday I heard rumors at the BV Manager's meeting

post-it 5
Today I am going to make a proposition!

post-it 6
Trees, Buttons, Drop Downs and Colour Gradients alone do NOT create BV

post-it 7
BV is not Rocket Science. BV is not Brain Surgery.

post-it 8
I promise to add Business Value to my modernized application!

Author:

Mark Duignan, Principal Application Modernization Tools Architect at LANSA Product Center (LPC). Mark is one of the original brains behind LANSA's 4GL and Repository architecture, starting from LANSA/AD in the eighties (now LANSA for iSeries), RUOM (Rapid User Object Method, the predecessor of LANSA's current modelling tools), LANSA Open, Visual LANSA Framework and RAMP (LANSA's Rapid Application Modernization Method). More recently Mark has also been responsible for several major releases of aXes, LANSA's web, mobile and cloud enablement solution for 5250 applications.

Comments

  1. Like the theme of this blog Mark. Delivering Business Value that is demonstrable is the goal. If you look at Agile (SCRUM) and more recently DevOps – they are targeted at 2 different yet pertinent areas of BV. By doing iterative development (remember time-boxed developed???) you ensure that a project stays on the rails and you actively involve the business. Using longer, monolithic development efforts today can mean that the goalposts have moved during the project – such is life in the 21st century.

    With DevOps, it is ensuring that the BV developed by the team is smoothly delivered into an operational environment – this rounds out the actualisation of the BV. So it is build & execute to get the expected BV.

    The last thing I’d like to say is that many companies fail to include one important feature, and that is how will they measure that the expected BV has been delivered – maybe that would be a good topic for another blog.

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