It's a gorgeous day here in Massachusetts. I'm sitting on my back porch soaking up the warmth and hoping no one in Arizona notices that we switched weather with them! We have three great articles for you this week from IBMers around the world, a new featured author, and some great extras that we hope you find useful.
Curtailing unexpected costs in IT projects can depend on the maturity of requirements management. Ulrike Vauth explains how IBM consultants used Rational Requirements Composer and Rational Team Concert to help a customer establish a stable and mature process.
Products: Rational Requirements Composer, Rational Team Concert
Step-by-step guide to creating Rational Focal Point reports
By Anurag Saraf, Senior Staff Software Engineer, Rational Tools Administrator, IBM (India)
Get an overview of how to create basic reports within IBM Rational Focal Point. Anurag Saraf gives you step-by-step instructions for using the customizable, built-in report generator.
Products: Rational Focal Point
Engineers must think more like psychologists to succeed in software engineering
By Marília Coelho, IT Specialist, IBM (Brazil)
In software development, Einstein's advice to invest time in understanding the problem first can be a problem in itself, says the Marilia Coelho, even though software engineers understand the need. She suggests the psychological, human nature reasons for why this happens and offers solutions.
Product: Rational Requirements Composer
We are pleased to feature Contributing Author Amy Silberbauer
Amy Silberbauer describes herself as an evangelist for ensuring that customers realize value from their software investments, rather than letting software go unused. She is passionate about IBM solutions for establishing modern development environments and understanding how to make informed decisions about application modernization. Amy is currently the Rational Industry Solutions architect lead and a member of the Unleash the Labs team, specializing in enterprise modernization, service-oriented architecture, and business process management solutions. She has been with IBM for 25 years, with 22 of those years in software development. When she is not evangelizing at work, she enjoys fishing in bass tournaments with her husband and working on home renovation projects.
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This week we are also highlighting the following items that you may find of interest.
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