This Month’s Pattern *

Interlude

The Cutting Room Floor

Some patterns didn’t quite make it into the book:

  • When Your Manager Is a Midget
  • If I Had a Hammer
  • The ISO-Standard Condom
  • Whistle While You Work
  • The Corporate Charity: Skipping Against Halitosis
  • The Ouija vs. Function Points: An Empirical Study
  • You Be the Judge: Are They User Reps or Potential Organ Donors?
  • If Your Name Really Is Dilbert . . .
  • Cubicles Without Exits
  • I Don’t Usually Do Things Like This on the First Release
  • Why St. Jude Is the Patron Saint for Testers
  • No Dickheads or All Dickheads?
  • A Mullet and Two Gold Chains
  • Maori War-Chanting: The Next Team-Building Exercise
  • Why the Cleaning Lady Was the Only Person Who Actually Read Your Entire Test Plan
  • Save Valuable Time: Write Requirements After Beta
  • Faith-Based Software Engineering
  • Cheese Never Sleeps
  • Rapture of the Bits
  • Arriving in Bangalore After Midnight
  • The Bedpan at the End of the Rainbow
  • Requirements-Free Software Engineering
  • HR Hires Our Astro-Physicists
  • The Bozone Layer


* Each month we plan to publish here one of the patterns from our Jolt Award book, Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies — Understanding Patterns of Project Behavior. (Watch this space for a mere 86 months and you'll have read the whole thing.) The book is published by Dorset House Publishing, in the US and Hanser Verlag in Germany. It is available at Amazon and also as a Kindle book.

events

Oslo, Mastering the Requirements Process
13-Sep-2016 to 15-Sep-2016

Mastering the Requirements Process with Suzanne Robertson. Contact Den Norske Dataforeignen for details. 

Brussels, Mastering Business Analysis
14-Sep-2016 to 15-Sep-2016

James Archer teaches Mastering Business Analysis. Contact IT Works for details of this course.  

Stockholm, Mastering the Requirements Process
27-Sep-2016 to 29-Sep-2016

Brussels, Mastering the Requirements Process
11-Oct-2016 to 13-Oct-2016

James Robertson teaches Mastering the Requirements Process. Please contact I.T.Works for details.  

Hilversum, Mastering Business Analysis
11-Oct-2016 to 12-Oct-2016

James Archer teaches the popular Mastering Business Analysis. Details from Adept Events in English or Dutch.

Brussels, MRP part 2
13-Oct-2016 to 14-Oct-2016

Rome, Mastering the Requirements Process
17-Oct-2016 to 19-Oct-2016

Rome, Mastering Business Analysis
20-Oct-2016 to 21-Oct-2016

James Robertson teaches Mastering Business Analysis. Contact Technology Transfer for details of this course.  

Hilversum, Mastering the Requirements Process
8-Nov-2016 to 10-Nov-2016

James Archer teaches Mastering the Requirements Process. For details please contact Adept Events. Dutch description, or in English.

London, Mastering the Requirements Process
15-Nov-2016 to 17-Nov-2016

James Archer teaches Mastering the Requirements Process. For details and registration, please contact IRM UK.

Wellington, Mastering the Requirements Process
22-Nov-2016 to 24-Nov-2016

The ever popular Mastering the Requirements Process. For details please contact Software Education.  

Canberra, Mastering the Requirements Process
28-Nov-2016 to 30-Nov-2016

Mastering the Requirements Process. Please contact Software Education  for details and registration. 

Melbourne, Mastering the Requirements Process
28-Nov-2016 to 30-Nov-2016

Suzanne Robertson presents Mastering the Requirements Process. Please contact Software Education  for details and registration. 

Sydney, Mastering the Requirements Process
5-Dec-2016 to 7-Dec-2016

Suzanne Robertson teaches the popular Mastering the Requirements Process sponsored by Software Education.

in depth

Suzanne and James Robertson's "Requirements: The Masterclass LiveLessons-Traditional, Agile, Outsourcing". 15+ Hours of Video Instruction. 



Take a look at Tom DeMarco's Risk Management for Dummies article, published in CrossTalk.



Als auf der Welt das Licht Ausging, the German edition of Tom DeMarco's science fiction epic, Andronescu's Paradox, has now been published by Hanser Verlag in Munich.  Translation by Andreas Brandhorst.



James Robertson’s webinar for Software Education explains how agile stories are best used to ensure the right solution. Writing the Right Agile Stories on YouTube. Download the webinar slides.


Suzanne and James Robertson’s article The Requirements Food Chain explores how the originators and consumers of requirements interact with each other as the requirement matures.


Announcing the publication of the third edition of Tom DeMarco and Tim Lister's iconic text, Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams.  The book is available now from Amazon or directly from Addison Wesley. See press release on Business Wire.



Tom DeMarco's speculative novel, Andronescu's Paradox is now available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  

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