UK Event: "Test Drive" IBM Rational APM tools (Focal Point)
Date: April 3rd and May 15th 2012
Location: IBM Warwick (CV34 5AH)
Time: 09:00 for 09:30 start.
The objective of the session are to:
1. Illustrate how you can benefit from applying Application Portfolio Management practices
2. Understand IBM Rational’s essential capabilities for application portfolio management
3. Gain hands-on experience with the capabilities, workflows, and analytics delivered through our integrated solution for Application Portfolio Management
The focus is on the hands-on and you will go through a series of lab exercises including:
• Lab 1: Cataloguing the inventory
• Lab 2: Planning scope and discovering candidates
• Lab 3: Assessing applications
• Lab 4: Analyzing impacts of application change
• Lab 5: Selecting projects for portfolio transformation
• Lab 6: Executing projects
• Lab 7: Managing the annual investment process for the application portfolio
• Lab 8: Managing and monitoring portfolios
You can register interest for this free event here:
Rational Thinking from South West Europe
I plan to join this webcast on 30th November - and it should be interesting for anyone who is into Product Management - always a tricky subject.
Description starts as follows:
In today's organizations one of the most important factors of business is entering and exiting the market window with the
So I am hooked - will report after the event - but better for you to join us.
For those who want ot know more about DM and where it is going, I though I'd interview Alan Yeung, Senior Development Manager for Design Manager, to find out more about the realities of Design Manager, and what it brings new to modeling. As you will read, semantic modeling is more real than I suggested.
VCH : Concerning DM genesis, what were the motivations for developing DM in the first place ? Customers requests, research, industry transformations, others (…) ?
VCH: DM enables users to publish their RSA or Rhapsody models into a Jazz repository, to provide read (web and docs with BIRT/RPE), comments, review, traceability capabilities for models.. What types of models are supported for RSA ?
VCH: What changes are made to the persistence format to persist a model in a Jazz repository ?
VCH: Models are imported from RSA/Rhapsody to DM. Can they also be imported from DM to RSA/Rhapsody ?
The latest product release from Rational was announced at Innovate 2011 in Orlando. Design Manager for Rational Software Architect and Rational Rhapsody brings models to the web of data already covering development cycle artifacts such as work items, test plan, requirement, etc... A great promise to bring true traceability through modeling artifacts for superior architecture governance.
What's even more interesting from a vision perspective, are the features introduced in the latest beta of Design Manager. It is now possible with Design Manager 3.5 M3 to define new modeling domains without using profiles of meta-models extensions as usually done with modeling tools. In Design Manager, Domains are defined using ontologies (OWL-like), with no specific schema-based meta-data. What's good about ontologies is their ability to integrate domains with each others. No need to create all sorts of conversion techniques to move from one formalism to the next. We can start to envisage being able to do away with complex transforms or import/exports or even decide whether the relations should be persisted with the source or with the target element of the relationship. So in effect, models can leave as independently or dependently as they want, without having to fix rigid and brittle integrations every time a meta-model changes.
We are clearly not there yet, and many questions still need to be answered, but this could be the step in the direction architecture buffs have been waiting for. Choosing between ODM or full-fledged ontology-based software modeling languages will be slow to emerge, but, from very soon, one will be able to define domains that will seamlessly integrate with each other, and with the other artefacts in the development lifecycle.
Even longer term, ontologies may very well simplify considerably modeling governance, for those who are prepared to do Pi-Calculus, the gateway to elegant semantic modeling.
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This years marks some very interesting development in collaboration between IBM Rational and Planview.
During Innovate 2011 in Orlando integration between Planview and IBM Rational Team Concert was announced - for more information see the youtube demo.
This week they will be announcing integration between Planview and Rational Focal Point.
In their own words:
''Planview Enterprise integrates directly with IBM® Rational Team Concert®. Planview's enterprise project portfolio management application integrates approved projects with Rational Team Concert's agile software development planning capabilities. The solution enhances business results through enterprise-wide resource planning, enhanced team communication, and development predictability. Planview will be extending the integration to include Rational Focal Point. Projects can be imported from Focal Point into Planview Enterprise where they can be managed and integrated with Rational Team Concert, thereby creating a comprehensive three-level planning and execution solution.''
22 to 23 September 2011 at the University of Milan Bicocca - Italy - was held ECLIPSE-IT, the sixth Workshop of the Italian Eclipse Community.
Looking at the proceedings I was attracted by an article submitted by Ferdinando Gorga - IBM Italia S.p.A. - and Paolo Maresca - Università di Napoli Federico II- titled: "Persistence of the Memory:
an introduction to the asset and intellectual capital management Application into the ETC project".
The title refers to a famous painting by Salvador Dali, named "The Persistence of Memory" where the artist painted soft watches to represent "an unconscious symbol of the relativity of space and time, a Surrealist meditation on the collapse of our notions of a fixed cosmic order" (from Ades, Dawn. Dalí. Thames and Hudson, 1982.). This definition surprisingly fits, with some extent and a good amount of sense of humor, to software development projects where too often we do not reuse what already done just because we do not have memory of it.
The article analyzes these aspects and explains the value of implementing an asset management solution, and the value of realizing this solution using IBM Rational Asset Manager. The article also illustrates a real implementation for academic purpose.
While I watch the tumbleweeds gently rolling past me I thought I would share what I took away from a workshop given by Jo Parfiltt, at WIN Conference 2011, 08-10-2011, on blogging and how to get the best you can out of it.
1. Know why you are blogging - what is the aim of your blogging activity? What do you want to achieve from it? Do you want to:
2. Focus - keep the scope of what you write about relatively small, you may have many interests, but if you blog about all of them people will not associate you with any one topic and therefore will not find you relevant to them (and therefore will not follow).
3. Keep it short - no more than 400 words.
4. Refer - make links to other sites/blogs/references etc.
5. Make it regular - once a week, once a month, etc. Apparently 3 times a week is the minimum you need to make a blog sustainable (i.e that people will follow)!
I suspect we have some things to think about here!
Today I'm happy and sad in the same time.
I'm happy because I was invited to participate to a 3 days meeting in London, joining Rational Specialty Architects coming from all Europe to share ideas and experiences with some of our World-Wide thought leaders about bringing value to our customer implementing Solution Architecture based on Rational practices and tools. I'm sure it will be an exciting and proficient experience for me.
I'm sad because in the same time I'll be in London, there will be in Italy the annual Rational Conference than I could not attend.
Looking at the Conference Agenda my attention is grabbed by this title: "The five Imperative for effective Application Lifecycle Management". More details can be found here.
The five imperatives are:
I even more like the fact that the IBM Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management Solution provides out-of-the-box capabilities to implement the 5 practices and consequently to produce and measure the expected value.
Having the opportunity to present at the 12th PMI BENELUX day gave me a lot of ''food for thought'' this week.
Harley Lovegrove opened the day with a keynote session on leadership and how you cannot possibly go beyond borders without good leadership - his top 5 tips for good leadership were:
1. Emotional intelligence
5. Intellectual curiosity
I happened to be presenting on ''Agility@Scale'' - the idea that principles of Agile development can scale up to bigger, more complex projects and give you excellent results - more on this later - but the interesting thing is that all of Harley's top tips apply very specifically to agility at scale!
1. Emotional intelligence - you have to strive to get the best from each member of the team, but what works for one team member will not work for another.
2. Confidence - give responsibility to the team members, and trust them to deliver on their own commitments
3. Pragmatism - apply your brain at each and every step.
4. Adaptability - the fundamental of agile.
5. Intellectual curiosity - ''is there a better way, a faster way, a more interesting way?'', ''what can I learn from other teams / disciplines / industries''
Any way - to learn more about Agility@Scale, take a look at Scott Amblers book, which can be downloaded here