HOW TO: DETERMINE the current version of SharePoint in your Farm

2012-03-27 MV: So it seems 2012 is going to be THE “Season of SharePoint 2010 Migrations”… Already most all of my projects this year have been migrations from various SP2007 farms, which begs the question “HOW does one DEFINITIVELY determine the current version of a farm they’ve just encountered?” Googling turns up numerous attempts & pseudo-best-practices, but far & away […]

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HOW TO: Install & configure MULTIPLE IP cameras in a single LAN with DDNS

2012-02-20 MV: SCENARIO: You have several IP cameras operating in (say) your home LAN, and you wish to have all of them accessible outside your router on the public Internet, and with something like your own “vanity URL”. Example: You want to be able to browse to Camera01 at http://purplezone.dyndns.ws:8021                                                                                    and Camera02 at http://purplezone.dyndns.ws:8022   In this how-to posting we’ll cover just how […]

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FOCUS: It’s about WHAT should be architected FIRST, and only afterward HOW it should be architected

I’m noticing SharePoint architecture gaining popularty theses days, but I still dont see any improvement in better understsnding the decision-making process underneath…the one which decides WHAT solutions should actually BE architected in the first place…. – companies seek to increase profits – profits can increase w increased sales – sales reqs CRM – CRM can be improved via SP profits […]

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SHAREPOINT DESIGN PATTERN: Embedding The Process “in The Page”…

2012-01-26 MV:  We’ve all seen ’em:  those cool step-by-step wizards – whether in websites or desktop applications – where as you walk through each “pane” of the wizard, there’s a little iconic set of arrows which looks like this:    Step1 –> Step 2 –> Step 3 –> Step 4 –> Done! Can you instantly tell where you’re at in this […]

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ESTIMATING: A 4-Step Method

Recently I shared my battle-proven SDLC-modelled estimating technique with a colleague, by sending him to an earlier posting… then I realized it was still too long for the time pressure he was under. I explained how it could be distilled even to 4 steps if need be, as follows: 1. Research 2. Design 3. Construction 4. Testing By breaking your […]

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REVEALED: Agile’s secret to success is not what you think – it’s simply a short(er) estimating horizon…

2012-01-06 MV:  I just stepped out of a very stimulating lunchtime discussion which included a brief presentation on agile principles by someone I found quite knowledgeable on agile theory. Somewhere along the way I had a “moment of clarity” wherein I realized that two of the key reasons agile principles are still perceived/argued (whatever) to deliver superior results is for nothing […]

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BEST PRACTICE: The Virtues of the Combined Architect/PM Role…

2012.01.03 MV: While most of the attention in development trends these days is in exploring the strengths & weaknesses of various development strategies (e.g. agile vs waterfall), an aspect of development often under-explored is that of the roles assumed by the players in these strategies. I’ve come to realize again & again that the success of The Project depends not […]

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Key to Successful Solution Development: The Luxury of Being Wrong…

2012.01.01 MV: It has been my observation that a key requirement in any breakthrough (aka inventing) is TIME made available for simply being WRONG a few times. This effort – while seemingly (only “seemingly”) unproductive, in fact  sharpens the focus and progressively removes artificial constraints until The Elegant Solution can be arrived at. Too many projects wrongly & unrealistically demand […]

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HOW TO: The 8-Step SDLC Method of Estimating Development Effort Quickly & Accurately

2011-12-22 MV: Among the most vital components of any development project – any project at all for that matter – are The Estimates. Yet estimating continues to be poor at best, not the least of which is because typically The Chain of Command requires it… but they neither use accurate estimating techniques nor bother to teach them. In a project-centric world […]

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