Monday, May 28, 2007

2007-05-28 Monday - some links...

I read an interesting article in the today about price-optimization efforts in the retail sector.

From IBM, PHP and Apache Optimization articles:

Tuning LAMP systems, Part 1: Understanding the LAMP architecture - (How LAMP systems work, how to measure their performance, and how to tune the underlying operating system)

Tuning LAMP systems, Part 2: Optimizing Apache and PHP - (What slows Apache down, and how to get the most out of PHP)

Thursday, May 24, 2007

2007-05-24 Thursday

I'm back in the Paciic Northwest. Three months aboard sailing vessel Renaissance - and I feel recharged.

This week I'm helping a client develop Detail Design Documents for one of their projects.

A quick google search yielded a few useful links to help direct the team toward some helpful articles on developing Click-Action-Response tables.

I think it is also useful for a team to familiarize themselves with the Software Engineering Institute's (SEI) Capability Maturity Model (CMM) - for example: CMMI for Development, Version 1.2 - there are many good ideas that can be culled from CMMI to help an organization improve their processes for software development. However, there is a bit of subtle art to knowing when and how to integate such practices into a production development team environment. I once taught CMMI to management at AT&T Labs in the late 1990's - and found it to be very helpful in providing a framework from which to begin process improvements. It certainly isn't a silver bullet - but it is better than no process discipline.


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